South Korea court has removed President Park Geun-hye from office today over over a graft scandal involving the country’s conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China.
The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court, and a festive rally by those who had demanded her ouster who celebrated justice being served.
According to Reuters, Park becomes South Korea’s first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, capping months of paralysis and turmoil over the
corruption scandal that also landed the head of the Samsung conglomerate in detention and on trial.
A snap presidential election will be held within 60 days. She did not appear in court and a spokesman said she would not be making any comment. Nor would she leave the presidential Blue House residence on Friday.
Park was stripped of her powers after parliament voted to impeach her but has remained in the president’s official compound.