This Happened - March 10: Impeachment Of Park Geun-Hye
Former South Korean President, Park Geun-Hye was removed from office on this day in 2017 following her impeachment by the South Korean National Assembly on charges of corruption and abuse of power. She was the first South Korean president to be impeached and removed from office.
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Why was Park Geun-Hye impeached?
Park Geun-Hye was accused of allowing her close friend and confidante, Choi Soon-sil, to interfere in state affairs and use her influence to extort millions of dollars from major South Korean companies.
What happened to Park Geun-Hye after her impeachment?
After her impeachment, Park Geun-Hye was arrested and charged with corruption, bribery, and abuse of power. She was found guilty in April 2018 and sentenced to 24 years in prison. Her sentence was later reduced to 20 years on appeal in July 2019, before she was eventually pardoned by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, and released from prison.
How did the impeachment of Park Geun-Hye impact South Korean politics?
The impeachment of Park Geun-Hye was a major political event in South Korea and led to a significant shift in public opinion and political power. It also led to the election of Moon Jae-in as the new president of South Korea in May 2017.
What is the current political situation in South Korea?
As of early 2023, South Korea is governed by President Yoon Suk-yeol, who was elected in 2022. His presidency has been marked by efforts to strengthen economic growth and address social issues, as well as ongoing tensions with North Korea and the United States.