South Korean first female President, Park Geun-hye, who sparked a nationwide protest after she was accused of using her position to influence and give financial benefits to her friend, Choi Soon-Sil, has been impeached by the Parliament.
The motion to impeach her was passed by 234 votes in favour of her impeachment against 53 votes who were against the impeachment. The number of votes reveals that some members of her party voted in favour of her impeachment. Following her impeachment, her authority as a president has been passed down to the prime minister, Hwang Kyo-ahn.
After the votes, Park went on national television to apologize for the chaos she has caused
“I created this national chaos with my carelessness”. she said
However, her case would be taken before the Constitutional court who have only 180 days to make a decision. If at least six out the court’s nine judges approves the decision, she would be stripped down of her position and another election will be held within 60 days