S Korea court upholds impeachment of Park Geun-hye

S Korea court upholds impeachment of Park Geun-hye”

A constitutional court has forced out South Korean President Park Geun-hye amid a government corruption scandal that has roiled the nation.

Hwang spoke following clashes with police that broke out outside the nation's highest court after a panel of judges voted unanimously to uphold a legislative impeachment of Park.

The scandal has also led to the heir-apparent of the technology giant Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, being formally indicted on multiple charges including bribery and embezzlement.

Thousands of people celebrated the historic decision on the streets of the capital Seoul, with polls showing that between 70 and 80% of South Koreans had wanted the court to throw Ms Park out of office. The court's decision strips Park Geun-hye of her immunity from criminal prosecution, which will force her to undergo interrogation by prosecutors over her alleged crimes. The trial for Lee, who has denied any wrongdoing, started on Thursday. Park's Liberty Korea Party, formerly known as Saenuri, has yet to put forth a viable presidential candidate.

Park Geun-hye attends a national convention of the ruling Saenuri Party in Goyang, north of Seoul August 20, 2012.

Two people died in demonstrations and frenzy following a historic ruling in South Korea to remove its first female president. Ms Park has not made a public statement on her removal.

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

29 Nov, 2016: In her third televised apology, Ms Park asks Parliament to decide how and when she can give up power over the scandal.

The Kospi index has gained 4.6% in dollar terms since Park's impeachment on 9 December, outpacing Japan's Nikkei 225, while the won has been among Asia's top performers in that time. She is stripped of powers while awaiting a court decision on the vote.

Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-Ahn said:"To stop internal conflicts from intensifying, we should manage the social order and keep a stable government so that national anxiety and the global community's concern can be settled".

She is also accused of soliciting bribes from the head of the Samsung Group for government favours including the backing of a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 that was seen to support the succession of control over the country's largest "chaebol" conglomerate. Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics, now remains in custody following his arrest on February 17 over bribery charges.

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