South Korea: Court orders removal of President Park amid corruption scandal

The ruling followed a December vote in the South Korean parliament to impeach the president, who is involved in a corruption scandal.
Park Geun-hye Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The South Korea Constitutional Court on Friday ordered the removal of President Park Geun-hye from office over her involvement in a corruption scandal. Two people were killed when police clashed with her supporters who protested outside the court.

The court's acting chief judge, Lee Jung-mi, said Park had violated the constitution and law throughout her term. The ruling comes three months after the parliament voted to impeach Park, who now becomes the first democratically-elected South Korean leader to be forced from office.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who was appointed acting president, has announced that an election will take place in 60 days.

The US State Department has stated that Park's removal will have no impact on the relations between the two countries.

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