Following six weeks of protests, South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye became the first democratically elected leader of South Korea to be impeached on Friday afternoon. The country’s National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to impeach the president over corruption allegations.
The allegations against Park have to do with a friend and former aide with whom she is accused of colluding with to pressure big businesses into donating to two foundations set up in support of her policy initiatives.
Park has since apologized for negligence but has denied she did anything wrong.
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234 members voted for impeachment, including dozens from Park’s own conservative Saenuri party.
While Park has been stripped of power, the Constitutional Court must now decide in the next 180 days if she will be removed from office. Until then, she will retain her title and remain in the president’s house.