Parliament votes to impeach President
South Korea’s parliament has passed a motion today to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal involving her confidante. The motion was passed by 234 of the 300 members of the National Assembly with 56 voting against the impeachment motion. The Constitutional Court will now review the motion to ensure its legitimacy but meanwhile the president has been stripped of all her executive powers and the country will be run by the prime minister.
If the court rules in favour of the impeachment motion then a fresh presidential election will have to be held within 60 days of the president stepping down. Originally the presidential election was due to be held on or before 20th December 2017.
A Cabinet meeting has been called for 5 p.m. local time today.