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President Park Geun-hye, the first South Korean leader ousted through impeachment

South Korea's former President Park Geun-Hye

South Korea's Constitutional Court has upheld a decision by the country's National Assembly to impeach President Park Guen-hye on Friday, according to Korean Broadcasting System, South Korea’s national broadcast.

The decision was announced by Justice Lee Jung-mi in the live by KBS on Friday morning.

Park is the first South Korean President to be impeached.

In 2004, late President Roh Moo-hyun was impeached, but he was reinstated two months later.

The bill to impeach President Park was passed in the National Assembly on Dec. 9 by an overwhelming majority.

In recent months, almost 80 percent of South Koreans had supported Park's impeachment, but some 15 percent had opposed it.

Park's problems began in October 2016, when revelations emerged about the influence Park's confidante and adviser Choi Soon-sil had over the President.

Local media and opposition parties have accused Choi of abusing her relationship with the president to force companies to donate millions of dollars to foundations she runs.


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