South Korean parliament passes President's impeachment over corruption scandal

Baku, December 9, AZERTAC

South Korea's parliament on Friday passed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over her alleged link to a corruption scandal involving her confidante that has paralyzed the government for the past several weeks, Yonhap news agency reports.

The motion was passed with the approval of 234 lawmakers from the 300-seat National Assembly, meeting the minimum requirement of 200. The passage suspends all the president's authority as the head of state before the Constitutional Court announces its review.

While 299 lawmakers joined the anonymous vote, 56 lawmakers voted against the impeachment, while two abstained. Seven votes were considered invalid.

The Constitutional Court will review the legitimacy of the motion, which will take up to 180 days. It took 63 days for the court to dismiss the impeachment motion against late former President Roh Moo-hyun in 2004.

Before a ruling is made, the country's prime minister will take on the responsibility of president.

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