South Korean Judges Uphold President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment

South Korean Judges Uphold President Park Geun-hye's Impeachment

A South Korean protester who was injured at a rally today against the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye died in hospital, the Yonhap News Agency reported.

The public corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea's democracy in recent months got a step closer to resolution on Wednesday as a court confirmed its plans to announce the fate of the country's impeached president later this week. Park is accused of letting Choi Soon-sil, a family friend of 40 years who had no official title or experience, edit speeches, install appointees and secretly make policy decisions.

Park Geun-hye has been embroiled in scandal since October previous year, when it was alleged that she had allowed a close friend to have extensive influence on government policy.

January 1, 2017: In a surprise New Year's meeting with reporters, Park accuses her opponents of framing her.

For Park to be formally removed, at least six of the court's eight justices will have to support the impeachment motion filed by lawmakers, which accuses the president of extortion, bribery, abuse of power and leaking government secrets.

The country's prime minister has been filling in as acting president.

A presidential election will be held in 60 days, according to the constitution. Hereupon, in a unanimous decision by the court panel, we issue a verdict: "We dismiss the defendant, President Park Geun-hye".

October 29: First of what becomes a series of large anti-Park rallies is held in Seoul.

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Park and Choi have denied wrongdoing.

Park Geun-hye attends a national convention of the Saenuri Party in Goyang, north of Seoul, South Korea on August 20, 2012. No matter which of these days is chosen, the presidential election (itself a public holiday) will create two consecutive public holidays.

January 5: The Constitutional Court begins hearing arguments in Park's trial.

The court's decision prompted a swift response from the United States, a longtime ally.

If the court decides to reject it, Park will be reinstated and the presidential election will take place in December as originally scheduled.

In a written statement on Monday, Ms Park against said she was innocent of the charges but had "belated regret, that I should have been more cautious with my trust in her [Ms Choi]".

She also allegedly solicited bribes from the head of the Samsung Group for government favours.

In her early presidency, Park, 65, looked an unassailable icon among conservative voters as she reminded them of her father Park Chung-hee, an assassinated military strongman who was worshipped by right-leaning voters as a leader who sped up industrialization.