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South Korean President Park Geun-Hye bows during an address to the nation (JEON HEON-KYUN/AFP/Getty Images)


South Korean parliament votes to impeach scandal-plagued president

December 9, 2016

In the latest development in what has become a bizarre saga, South Korea’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach the country’s president, Park Geun-hye on Friday. Park, the daughter of former South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee, has been embroiled in a corruption scandal that saw her accused of pressuring businesses into donating millions to nonprofits controlled by a close friend, Choi Soon-sil, who herself is alleged to have embezzled as much as $70 million.

The scandal didn’t stop there, however. Park went on to face accusations that she used a soap opera character’s name at a beauty clinic and fabricated medical prescriptions from said clinic on behalf of Choi. In a final strange turn, Park admitted that her office made a mass-purchase of erectile dysfunction drug Viagra last year — purportedly as a remedy for altitude sickness. Choi, after being confronted by reporters in October, reportedly broke down and admitted to having “committed a sin that deserves death.”

As a result of the impeachment, Park, the nation’s first woman president, has been stripped of all power while the country’s constitutional court reviews whether or not the impeachment vote is valid. Though Park retains the title of president, the country’s prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn, will take on Park’s duties until the court makes its decision.

Read the full story at The Guardian.


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