South Korea's Ex-President Refuses To Vacate Residence After Impeachment, Two Dead During Protests

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As discussed last night, in a historic ruling, the South Korean Constitutional Court upheld an impeachment decision against President Park Geun-hye, removing her from office on Friday over a graft scandal involving the country's conglomerates at a time of rising tensions with North Korea and China.  The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of her supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court.

Park becomes South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office, capping months of paralysis and turmoil over a corruption scandal that also landed the head of the Samsung conglomerate in jail. A snap presidential election will be held within 60 days. Her ouster caps a 5 month-long political scandal, whose verdict exposed fault lines in a country long divided by Cold War politics. The ruling to uphold parliament's Dec. 9 vote to impeach her marks a dramatic fall from grace of South Korea's first woman president and daughter of Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee, both of whose parents were assassinated.

While Park's conservative supporters clashed with police outside the court, elsewhere, most people welcomed her ouster. A recent poll showed more than 70 percent supported her impeachment. Hundreds of thousands of people have for months been gathering at peaceful rallies in Seoul every weekend to call for her to step down.

On Friday, hundreds of Park's supporters, many of them elderly, tried to break through police barricades at the courthouse. Police said one 72-year-old man was taken to hospital with a head injury and died. The circumstances of the second death were being investigated. Six people were injured, protest organizers said. Police blocked the main thoroughfare running through downtown Seoul in anticipation of bigger protests.

Now-former president Park, who has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing, has refused to concede to the court's decision: according to Reuters she did not appear in court and a spokesman said she would not be making any comment nor would she leave the  presidential Blue House residence on Friday. "For now, Park is not leaving the Blue House today," Blue House spokesman Kim Dong Jo told Reuters.

Park has now been officially stripped of her powers after parliament voted to impeach her but has remained in the president's official compound. The court's acting chief judge, Lee Jung-mi, said Park had violated the constitution and law "throughout her term", and despite the objections of parliament and the media, she had concealed the truth and cracked down on critics. Park, 65, no longer has immunity as president, and could now face criminal charges over bribery, extortion and abuse of power in connection with allegations of conspiring with her friend, Choi Soon-sil.

When Park eventually vacates the residence, she "will be making a tragic and untimely departure from the Blue House for the second time in her life" acording to Reuters: in 1979, having served as acting first lady after her mother was killed by a bullet meant for her father, she and her two siblings left the presidential compound after their father was killed. This time, she could end up in jail.

Prosecutors have named Park as an accomplice in two court cases linked to the scandal, suggesting she is likely to be investigated.

North Korean state media wasted little time labeling Park a criminal. "She had one more year left as 'president' but, now she's been ousted, she will be investigated as a common criminal," the North's state KCNA news agency said shortly after the court decision.

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Meanwhile, markets celebrated the Court's decision: the Seoul market's benchmark KOSPI index and the Korean Won rose after the ruling. The prospect of a new president in the first half of this year instead of prolonged uncertainty will buoy domestic demand as well as the markets, said Trinh Nguyen, senior economist at Natixis in Hong Kong.  "The hope is that this will allow the country to have a new leader that can address long-standing challenges such as labor market reforms and escalated geopolitical tensions," he said.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn was appointed acting president and will remain in that post until the election. He called on Park's supporters and opponents to put their differences aside to prevent deeper division. "It is time to accept, and close the conflict and confrontation we have suffered," Hwang said in a televised speech. A liberal presidential candidate, Moon Jae-in, is leading in opinion polls to succeed Park, with 32 percent in one released on Friday. Hwang, who has not said whether he will seek the presidency, leads among conservatives, none of whom has more than single-digit poll ratings.

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VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

She just needs to get a bunker.......like Obama.

 

Worked for Hitler.......for a while anyway.

TrollandDump's picture

No bunker will save Soetoro.

His destiny says GUANTANAMO

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

Almost like he knew........if I don't get rid of that place.......I'm gonna be there someday.

Looney's picture

 

Park is being punished for her refusal to allow our THAAD missile system to be deployed in South Korea against the North.

It’s exactly the same playbook as with the FIFA scandal.

Although, she finally yielded to our pressure and THAAD is being deployed, it was too late for her.

Looney

Handful of Dust's picture

So whose side are ZH'ers on in this SK dog fight?

VinceFostersGhost's picture

 

 

That would be my side......as usual.

 

Can't say what anyone else is thinking....

StackShinyStuff's picture

Park Geun-hye is now Park Buh-bye

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Color revolution: conspiracy to establish a puppet government with simulated protest by paid actors.

Looks like Soros and Langley are keeping busy. All violence will be blamed on North Korean interlopers.

07564111's picture

Yep and let's not forget the Samsung corruption charges ;) Taken in context with the Wikileaks Vault 7 releases about Samsung and all this Sth Korea stuff has a smell attached to it.

HowdyDoody's picture

Not to mention the conveniently timed hit on Crazy Haircut Guy's relative. Using VX? Sure!

Sanity Bear's picture

I drive to work, so I'm naturally biased against the Asian female.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

I own a business, so I'm naturally biased against Caucasian males. As majority of my competitors are own by them.

Peanut Butter Engineer's picture

No one's side but our own ass, do whatever it takes ensure we don't waste our hard earn tax dollars on other countries problem.

Cman5000's picture

Will fat boy in the North view this as the time to strike the South ? Misreading this entire situation? Then the outcome is what the US and Japan has been waiting for War.

tuetenueggel's picture

Fat boy is crazy, but not without any brain.

Fisherman Blue's picture

She is a bitch, just like Obama and Hitler.

reader2010's picture

All human institutions are corrupt.

gmak's picture

..... ed, eventually.

tuetenueggel's picture

when you face the judge in court it is not sufficiant to state I belive.

You have to show evidence.

Libtard's picture

What do you mean "starting to come out"? The reformers of the 16th century namely Luther correctly identified the church as the antichrist beast or the sea beast of Revelation. From the 6th century to the end of the 18th century, the RCC slaughtered upwards of 50 million "hereticts" and jews that wouldn't convert. This time frame was foretold in Revelation. The majority of the book is concerning the fall of the roman empire and the rise and fall of the papacy. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul prophetically describes the the papacy as the "son of perdition." They are the wealthiest institution on the earth, they are still very much involved in the evils of the world.

Stef1304's picture

Take a large breath... and relax.

It's just a human institution, and as such, it has his weaknesses. 

Same for jew or muslim religious institutions...

For example, you had an history of pedophilia in all those 3 religions. 

But is it to says that all religious people are pedophilia ? 

In short, don't over generalize.

And by the way, I suggest u focus your attention on something whic his happening NOW, like the CIA leak scandal and how the press underplays it.

The issue is NOT the leak, it's the PROVEN fact that the CIA is undermining some of the core principle of the US constitution.

And is also systematically meddling in other countries affair with NO supervision. 

And it's doing it now for 75 years, with multiple POTUS having to face for the consequences of it. 

Going away with this is still NOT ok. 

Adressing this issue will have a much stronger impact on our lifes than warming up old shitty stuff.

tuetenueggel's picture

Its the same with pedofilia and religion.

Not all muslims are terrorist but all terrorists are or have been muslims.

Nobs Here's picture

I've picked up the pieces from both the Catholics and Protestants in Ireland.

 

May I add you are full of shit. Have a nice day.

tuetenueggel's picture

You´re right.

Next week, when I´ll see Vlad again, I´ll ask him to nuke Vaticanstate next time, when he´ll be free of political business.

SpanishGoop's picture

Move out to a condo nearby and start plotting for your return.

Obummer does it so why not you.

 

nmewn's picture

lol...it's perfect!

Then she can do the whole "According to former government officials involved in such matters..." leak to a sympathetic press thingy with complete anonymity!  ;-)

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

didn't know the 9th circuit had jurisdiction in Korea..

don't give the black robe lawyers any ideas..

how do you spell coup in korean?

secretargentman's picture

????... Coup d'etat. 

 

So hangul doesn't show up here. Ok. It's pronounced kunsa banran.

Caleb Abell's picture

"how do you spell coup in korean?"

Soros

Grumbleduke's picture

seems, there's a Hillary for every country.

X- x3's picture

"...Two Dead" ....maybe Sam & Sung....soo waaaat.

:)  X-

 

Totally_Disillusioned's picture

Obummer is coaching her?

Handful of Dust's picture

There seems to always be some kiljoys who hate democratically elected leaders.

East Indian's picture

It was always a "guided" democracy. Now it is being misguided. Thats all. 

man of Wool's picture

Sooner Kim-jung-un invades the place and reunifies Korea the better.

North are always made out to be goof-balls which they are,  but look at the loonies running the south.  

I mean what the fuck are American troops doing in South Korea? How many American troops does it take to play really loud rock music?

Trump is getting it wrong about Korea. It seems he and the American military establishment are using Korea as they always have done, as a staging post for putting pressure on China.

 

Diogenes The Mimic's picture

Frankly trade with China is more important than the wellbeing of Koreans.

tuetenueggel's picture

Chinese reading that are rofl

Vilfredo Pareto's picture

Lol.  Two dead?

 

It makes you wonder how it is gonna go down if Trump is 25 amendment-ed.   That is a verb now.

Spectre's picture

Time for Trump to come out and force S Korea to pay for our 25,000 troops that ve been protecting their rich asses for the last 50 years. In cash..

tripletail's picture

Park will most likely be taken out, like her father.

The depth and breadth of corruption in Korea, going back three thousand years, is truly breathe taking when studied.

But, then, as someone else noted herein, that's true of all cultures on this wicked planet.

Needles to say, humans are a deeply flawed species.

Is it beer time yet?;)