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Park Guen-Hye: South Korea president facing calls for impeachment


South Korea’s president Park Guen-Hye is facing calls to resign or face impeachment

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Park Guen-Hye: South Korea president facing calls for impeachment

The president of South Korea is under increasing pressure to step down, after prosecutors say she is a suspect in a criminal case.

South Korea’s Park Guen-Hye is finding her presidency under increasing threat as the country’s main opposition party says it is considering moves to impeach her.

The news comes a day after prosecutors named the unpopular leader as a suspect in an influence-peddling case.

Ms Park is accused of acting as a criminal accomplice for her friend Choi Soon-sil, who has been indicted on criminal charges including extortion and abuse of official power, according to prosecutors.


Hundreds of thousands of people have staged protests against Ms Park

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Ms Choi is accused of coercing more than $60m (£49m) from businesses and meddling in state affairs.

Under the South Korean constitution, prosecutors cannot indict the president on criminal charges – except insurrection or treason – while they are still in office.

This has apparently strengthened Ms Park’s determination to serve her full five-year term, which ends in February 2018.


On Saturday protesters marched to the presidential Blue House with candles

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Naming her as a suspect on Sunday has further weakened Ms Park’s authority, however.

Choo Mi-Ae, head of the opposition liberal Democratic Party, said: “We will immediately review the timing and methods of impeachment and set up a subcommittee to review a push for impeachment.”

Two smaller opposition parties have already vowed to do the same, responding to growing pressure and regular protests by hundreds of thousands of people aimed at ousting Ms Park.


Ms Park is due to finish her five-year term in February 2018

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Impeachment proceedings could drag on for months and the three opposition parties hold just 55% of the parliament’s seats, short of the two-thirds that would be required to pass any impeachment bill.

But Ms Park may yet see some of her own colleagues turn their back on her, with dozens in her own party vowing to back any impeachment bid.

source : SKY News

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