President Park Guen-hye
South Korean Parliament passed an impeachment motion against the President Park Guen-hye for her involvement in a corruption scandal by colluding with a close friend Choi Soon-sil. The motion was passed by 234 votes to 56. This passes all the executive powers of the President to the Prime Minister till the decision of the Constitutional Court is given to finally ratify the motion.
Park has refused to resign till the final verdict of the Constitutional Court. With the impeachment Park now faces the risk of becoming the first democratically elected President to be removed from office. The Constitutional Court has 180 days to decide to uphold the motion and remove Park from office or reinstate her. The decision can be either ways as in 2004 on the impeachment of President Roh Moo-Hyun was rejected by the Constitutional Court.
The opposition has threatened for a mass resignation if the motion is rejected by the Court as a responsibility for not being able to abide by the wishes of the public.
South Korean opposition which controls much of the Parliament has introduced an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye over her involvement in a corruption scandal. The voting in the respect will be held on Friday. Impeachment vote must be held between 24 and 72 hours of the passing of the motion.
As per the Parliament, two-thirds majority is needed for passing of the motion in the 300-seat parliament. Opposition along with independent candidates who do not support Park are 172 in total and have enough support for the impeachment procedure. President Park has denied a resignation even after impeachment is passed and will wait for the final verdict of the Constitutional Court.
The South Korean Constitutional Court has 180 days to decide in favour or against ending Park’s Presidency. During this tenure, Park will be suspended but not dismissed and her powers will be temporarily given to the Prime Minister until the decision of the Court is reached. It is alleged that Park had colluded with her longtime condidante Choi Soon-sil to manipulate the affairs of the government.