Weeks after millions of South Koreans took to the streets to demand her resignation, President Park Geun Hye has been impeached by South Korea’s Parliament on Friday morning. President Park ran into trobled waters following revelations that her close friend exercised remarkable powers with her knowledge.
Her confidante’s powers were as wide ranging as influencing government policies as well as using her influence to demand billions of dollars from multinationals.
President Park was largely expected to resign but South Korea’s Parliament moved a motion for impeachment on the grounds of violating the laws of the constitution. 238 of the 300-member Parliament voted in favor of her impeachment, well above the two-third majority required. Her impeachment still remains subject to an affirmation by the Constitutional Court which.
The country’s Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, an ally of Ms. Park, will serve as acting president in the interim. Ms. Park is the country’s first female President.