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South Korea Could Impeach President; 40 From Her Own Party Support Ouster

South Korea Could Impeach President; 40 From Her Own Party Support Ouster

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By    |   Friday, 25 November 2016 11:18 AM

South Korean lawmakers appear likely to impeach President Park Geun-hye, as 40 representatives from her party said they would support the ouster, The Washington Post reported.

The leader is digging in against her opponents, the Post reported. “If she won’t go, the government is going to be paralyzed,” Pusan National University political science professor Robert Kelly said.

Park has been accused of allowing friend Choi Soon-sil to extort businesses and wield influence. Prosecutors have charged Choi with coercion, fraud, and abuse of power and called Park an accomplice.

Kelly she has lost the legitimacy that a leader requires, the Post reported.

40 representatives from Park’s party have said they want her impeached. If the opposing party and independent lawmakers joined together with those 40, a two-thirds vote would successfully impeach her. If successful, the vote would strip Park of the office and the prime minister would run the country while the Constitutional
Court reviews the motion.

As hundreds of thousands of people have protested, Park has refused to answer questions or to step down, the Post reported.

The process to remove the president could take six months. The Post reported that lawmakers have hesitated on starting the process, because Park is scheduled to leave office at the end of her five-year term in early 2018.

The Guardian reported that Park's approval rating fell to 4 percent, an all-time low for a democratically elected South Korean leader.

Park’s office explained Wednesday why it purchased 360 Viagra pills, after a political opponent made the revelation —the office said the drugs were to treat altitude sickness for Park’s staff during trips Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya.

The Post reported that South Korea impeached a previous president, Roh Moo-hyun, in 2014, over supporting his party’s candidates despite rules about neutrality. The court, however, did not remove him from office.

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