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Why Was South Korea’s President Impeached?


South Korea president Park Geun-hye was impeached this week.

South Korea's President Impeached
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Eight justices of the Constitutional Court voted unanimously to impeach the president for committing acts that violated the Constitution during her time in office.. This follows the December move when she was suspended in December by a legislative impeachment vote.

Ms. Park’s acts “betrayed the trust of the people and were of the kind that cannot be tolerated for the sake of protecting the Constitution,” Justice Lee said. The verdict was announced on Friday, which followed protests in the streets of South Korea following allegations of corruption related to the government and business leaders.

Park Geun-hye was the first female president of the nation, and she was the daughter of Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee. She was blamed by some for adding tension between South Korea and North Korea as she hit back hard whenever the neighboring nation made nuclear threats.

The new leaders may be those in the opposite side of Ms. Park’s conservative ideals, as they want more communication with North Korea in order to defuse situations. They will also work with the U.S. to help improve relations with China during an especially tense time for Asia.

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