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* Date : 2017-03-18
Foreign Correspondents Ep.25
Park Geun-hye impeached
On March 10, the Constitutional Court in an unprecedented move ousted President Park Geun-hye. In its verdict, the court ruled on four charges, dismissing three but upholding the allegation on Park's abuse of power involving her confidante Choi Soon-sil. The public mostly welcomed the unanimous decision, but some of Park's supporters protested the ruling, holding rallies, which later turned violent. Meanwhile, the impeachment quickly made headlines around the world.
From inauguration to impeachment
On February 25, 2013, Park Geun-hye was sworn into office, promising to open 'a new era of hope and happiness.' However, for the four years she was in office, many were critical of the administration's lack of communication and disconnect with the public. Major incidents such as the Sewol-ho ferry sinking, the MERS outbreak, and the bilateral agreement with Japan on wartime sexual slavery stoked anger among the public. What eventually led to Park's ouster, however, was her confidante Choi Soon-sil who came to be at the center of attention in a sprawling influence-peddling scandal. The National Assembly passed an impeachment motion on the president December 9, and the Constitutional Court upheld this ruling. We sit down to look at the aftermath of Park Geun-hye's impeachment and the four years under her administration.