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South Korea: Parliament to vote on impeaching President Park Geun-hye

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South Korea: Parliament to vote on impeaching President Park Geun-hye

South Korea’s embattled leader is on course to become the nation’s first president not to complete a single five-year term in almost three decades.

Parliament has introduced a bill to impeach Park Geun-hye, setting in motion an historic vote to oust her.

The ballot will take place on Friday (December 9),
National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun said. That will be the final day of the current parliamentary regular session.

“In order to adhere to the time limit to handle the impeachment motion which is set by the Constitution, we will have to lay out the impeachment motion and consider it in the last plenary session of the regular session, which is scheduled for tomorrow. I ask that each negotiation body cooperates so that there is no difficulty with opening tomorrow’s plenary session,” said Chung.

In order to pass, the bill will need two thirds approval in the 300-seat parliament.

Park is embroiled in an influence-peddling scandal in which she is alleged to have allowed a long-time friend to manipulate political decisions for personal gain.

She will be suspended, but not removed from the presidency for the duration of the court deliberation and her duties temporarily handed over to the prime minister.

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