Park Geun hye, the first woman to be elected as President of South Korea, and the first president to be impeached.
South Korean president has been impeached, with the Constitutional Court Friday upholding a parliamentary vote to eject her from office for her role in a corruption and influence-peddling scandal, according to report.
The Constitutional Court voted to uphold the impeachment motion against Park, passed by an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly in December, said Lee Jung-mi, the acting chief justice.
Ms. Park was ousted without any violence, after large, peaceful protests in recent months demanding that she step down.
The impeachment motion filed by lawmakers accused the president of extortion, bribery, abuse of power and leaking government secrets. Park has apologized for putting trust in her friend, Choi Soon-sil, but denies any legal wrongdoing.
In 2015, according to the charges, Park met individually with the heads of the seven largest chaebols and demanded that they fork over millions to two Choi-run institutions, the Mir Foundartion and the K-Sports Foundation. Park refuses to quit over this affair, but national outrage is mounting steadily.
Now former resident Park Geun hye who served as the 11th President of South Korea. the nation’s first female president and the daughter of the Cold War military dictator Park Chung-hee, had been an icon of the conservative establishment that joined Washington in pressing for a hard line against North Korea’s nuclear provocations.
The house had been her childhood home
“The president went against the Constitution and South Korean law by letting Choi Soon-sil get involved in government affairs,” chief justice Lee said Friday. “This is a violation of constitutional democracy.”
The court finally concluded that the president had personally asked big business for donations. And had leaked confidential documents to Choi, and that she had tried to cover up her wrongdoing.
Ms. Park Geun Hye father ruled South Korea from 1961 to 1979. He founded its economic growth model, which transformed the nation into an export powerhouse. And allowing the emergence of family-controlled conglomerates. Also known as chaebol that benefited from tax cuts, anti-labor policies and other benefits from the government.
Prior to her presidency, Park was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party. From 2004 to 2006 and from 2011 to 2012. She was also a member of the National Assembly. Serving four complete consecutive parliamentary terms as a constituency representative between 1998 and 2012. Ms. Park was in her fifth term as a proportional representative in June 2012. Her father, Park Chung-hee, was the President of South Korea from 1963 to 1979 after he seized power in 1961.
South Korea former President Park Geun hye was 11th on the Forbes list. As the of the world’s 100 most powerful women In 2013 and 2014. Also the most powerful woman in East Asia. In 2014, she was also number 46th on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people, the third-highest South Korean on the list after Lee Kun-hee and Lee Jae-yong. Image Credits/ Usefulstooges.com