Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Impeached South Korean president awaits possible charges as she moves back home

Impeached South Korean president awaits possible charges as she moves back home

The court's decision has initiated a snap election which has to take place within 60 days, with May 9 cited as the likely date.

"The removal of the claimee from office is overwhelmingly to the benefit of the protection of the constitution", he said. It is the first time, since the establishment of democracy in the country, that a leader elected at the polls is deposed.

'Hereupon, in a unanimous decision by the court panel, we issue a verdict: We dismiss the defendant, President Park Geun-Hye'.

Police provided no details of the circumstances of the second death, but earlier on Friday afternoon a local hospital official said that a man in his 70's had died from head wounds after falling from a police bus in front of South Korea's Constitutional Court.

Relations with China and the US could dominate the coming presidential campaign, after South Korea this month deployed the US' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system in response to North Korea's increased missile and nuclear tests. Millions of South Koreans have rallied for Park's ouster, while smaller groups have begun organizing to support her more vocally in recent weeks.

Ms Park was accused of helping Ms Choi to put pressure on some of South Korea's biggest industrial conglomerates, known as "chaebol", to donate to two foundations set up to back her policy initiatives. She grew up in the Blue House, the presidential mansion, as the daughter of late dictator Park Chung-hee, who ruled from 1961 to 1979.

But Park has avoided a direct investigation thanks to a law that gives a sitting president immunity from prosecution for most of alleged crimes.

Choi is now in custody for meddling in state affairs behind the scenes and peddling undue influence for personal gains.

The court's ruling on Friday, which was met with protests by hundreds of Park's supporters, brought an end to Park's almost five years in power.

Jan 1, 2017: Park denies wrongdoing, calling accusations "fabrication and falsehood". Park is accused of colluding with her and giving access to sensitive documents. So far she has avoided talking to authorities, a fact that could change if they were to seek an arrest warrant.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn remains in charge of the country, but an election will be held within two months to choose her successor.

"The president's violations clearly have betrayed the public trust, which can not be tolerated in the constitutional context", Lee said.

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