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South Korean President Removed from Office Following Corruption Scandal

Following the ruling, two people have reportedly died in violent clashes outside the courtroom in Seoul between Park Geun-hye’s supporters and the protesters seeking her removal.
March 10, 2017, 2:20pm

South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been removed from office after the Constitutional Court on Friday upheld a decision by the National Assembly to impeach her on charges of corruption and dereliction of duty. The decision meant Park became the first democratically elected leader of South Korea to be stripped of office.

The ruling from the eight judge panel sparked violent clashes outside the courtroom in Seoul between Park's supporters and the protesters seeking her removal. The Yonhap news agency reports that two people have died as a result of the clashes.

The scandal has rocked South Korea—and not just because it involves the president. Samsung, the country's largest and most powerful chaebol (family-run business) has also been caught up in the affair. In what is being called "the trial of the century," the heir to the Samsung empire went on trial Thursday alleged to have made payments of up to $38 million to Park and her adviser Choi Soon-sil.

Park's removal from office has sparked a snap presidential election, which is expected to take place as soon as May.

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