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SOUTH KOREA PARLIAMENT IMPEACHES SCANDAL HIT PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE

December 09, 2016 | Uhuruspirit

South Korean President Park Geun-hye



South Korean Parliament on Friday passed an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye, stripping away her sweeping executive powers over a corruption scandal that paralysed her administration and triggered massive street protests.

The National Assembly ballot transfers Park's authority to the prime minister, pending a decision by the Constitutional Court on whether to ratify the decision and permanently remove the president from office.

A ruling could take up to six months, during which time Park will remain in the presidential Blue House while the country faces an extended period of political uncertainty and policy paralysis.

The motion was adopted by 234 votes to 56, easily securing the required two-thirds majority in the 300-seat chamber.

"I declare that the bill to impeach President Park Geun-hye has just been approved," announced speaker Chung Se-Kyun. "Whether you support or oppose it, all lawmakers and South Korean people who are watching this grave situation unfold must feel so miserable and heavy at heart," he added.

"I deeply wish that such tragedy in our constitutional history will not be repeated ever again."

The anonymous paper ballot was conducted against the background din of hundreds of slogan-chanting protesters outside the assembly building, screaming "Impeach Park."

- AFP



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