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Impeachment of South Korean president followed by shift of power to Prime Minister
17:49, 9 December 2016
Impeachment of South Korean president followed by shift of power to Prime Minister

The parliament of South Korea announced the beginning of the impeachment procedure of President Park Geun-hye this morning

17:49, 9 December 2016

Yonhap

Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn became acting president after parliament voted to impeach the head of the State Park Geun-hye this morning. This was reported by the South Korean Yonhap agency.

South Korean parliament announced the beginning of the impeachment procedure of President Park Geun-hye this morning.

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The political scandal erupted in South Korea after the journalists from JTBC channel found a tablet in the end of October in the garbage of one of the hotels in Seoul, which stored 200 secret documents of 2012-2014. 44 draft speeches of Park Geun-hye were all there. It turned out that speeches were edited by Choi Soon-sil, which the opposition calls "the fortune-teller."

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Investigators suspect her of interfering in the affairs of state and the use of her position for the sake of financial gain. After this information was published, the president of South Korea declared readiness to leave her post early.

After the parliament declared the impeachment of Park Geun-hye, the prime minister of the country, which should temporarily fill the presidential post, said there are possible provocations from North Korea. "In the current serious situation North Korea is likely to create chaos in the country, and the armed forces should not only comply with their military duty fully, with determination and patriotism, but also increase their vigilance and combat readiness,” he said.

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