December 9, 2016 / 6:38 AM / 7 months ago

South Korea parliament starts vote on impeaching President Park

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Protesters chant slogans during a rally demanding the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. The sign reads "Arrest Park Geun-hye".Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's parliament on Friday started voting on an impeachment motion against President Park Geun-hye, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal that has fuelled calls for her to step down.

The opposition-backed motion, which requires at least 200 of the 300 members of the single-chamber assembly to impeach Park, is expected to be approved. The result of the vote is expected after about an hour.

Reporting by Ju-min Park Writing by Jack Kim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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