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South Korea's Opposition Sees Just Enough Votes to Impeach Park

South Korea's Opposition Sees Just Enough Votes to Impeach Park

 (AP)

Sunday, 04 December 2016 09:40 PM

South Korea’s opposition may have secured just enough votes from President Park Geun-hye’s ruling party to impeach her this week, getting a boost from the biggest candlelight protests yet over her influence-peddling scandal.

A faction in Park’s ruling party agreed Sunday to support an impeachment motion set for vote on Friday, Chang Je-won, a Saenuri Party lawmaker, said on Facebook. Votes from the 29 lawmakers, when added to the 171 opposition and independent politicians already supporting impeachment, would be just enough to reach the threshold of 200 required to pass the motion in the 300-seat National Assembly.

The faction led by former floor leader Yoo Seong-min said last week they would oppose impeaching Park if she agreed to step down at the end of April. That condition no longer applies, Chang said, calling the decision by his faction a “tough” one.

“Joining the impeachment vote is the only way to humbly accept the wishes of the people reflected in the candles and put the government affairs back on track,” he said.

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The anti-Park rally on Saturday -- the sixth since she apologized to the nation in October for allowing her friend, Choi Soon-sil, to meddle in government affairs -- drew 320,000 protesters in Seoul, according to police. Organizers put the number at 1.7 million. Moon Jae-in, the front-runner in presidential polls, plans to lead another candlelight rally at the National Assembly on Monday to keep the pressure on the Saenuri party, said Lee Ji-soo, a spokesman for the main opposition Democratic Party of Korea.

The scandal threatens to end Park’s grip on power before she completes her single, five-year term in early 2018. Her impeachment, if approved by the parliament, has to be reviewed by the Constitutional Court, which can take as long as 180 days. A presidential election would follow in 60 days if the court agrees to removing her from power.

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