Timeline: South Korea's impeached President Park Geun-hye

Tammy Harvey
March 12, 2017

Two people died in demonstrations in Seoul, South Korea following a court's decision to uphold the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye.

Relations with China and the US could dominate the coming presidential campaign, after South Korea this month deployed the US' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense anti-ballistic missile system in response to North Korea's increased missile and nuclear tests.

Tens of thousands of South Koreans crowded the streets of Seoul on Saturday, alternately celebrating and protesting the ouster of Park Geun-hye as president, though she has yet to speak or vacate her official residence. Under the constitution, an election must be held within 60 days.

Ms Park had "concealed completely Choi's meddling in state affairs and denied it whenever suspicions over the act emerged and even criticised those who raised the suspicions", it said.

A leftish government might well re-open the industrial complex just inside North Korea, but with South Korean firms and managers. Front-runners Moon Jae-in and An Heejung have differing views on North Korea and the USA, with Moon more open to dialogue with Pyongyang and to challenging the United States over the THAAD anti-missile system.

The main bourse Kospi slightly fell in the morning trading but immediately recovered on the news and closed at 2,097.35 on March 10, up 0.3 percent from the previous day.

"We dismiss the defendant President Park", Justice Lee Jung-mi said at the time.

Huge barriers, manned by dozens of police officers, separate the two protest camps. As to what impact will the impeachment have on relations between Washington and Seoul, Goa said:"More recently the U.S. is very aggressive in terms of deploying the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea despite widespread opposition in South Korea".

"We demand the arrest of Park Geun-hye and the resignation of acting president Hwang Kyo-ahn", said Choi In-sook, a spokeswoman for protesters, told Reuters.

Amid a crowd of tents outside Seoul City Hall, hundreds of supporters of Park gathered.

She is accused of improper connections to South Korea's biggest company, Samsung, whose chief, Lee Jae-yong, has been detained on charges of bribing Park's close confidante Choi Soon-sil. "Given Park's spectacular demise and disarray among conservatives, the presidential contest in May is the liberals' to lose".

Park will leave the Blue House only after her private house in prosperous southern Seoul is repaired and cleaned to accommodate her and her security detail. The next South Korean leader will have to face grave challenges including a stagnant economy and a looming threat of attack from the hostile neighbour, North Korea.

Despite this, she pointed to a host of other issues facing the country, not least the upcoming election.

For months Ms Park has refused to make herself available for questioning by prosecutors.

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