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South Korea rocked by demonstrations after impeachment

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 01:24

Tens of thousands of South Koreans celebrated the court’s decision to remove President Park Geun-hye from office. But her supporters clashed with riot police, leaving two dead. Jane Lanhee Lee reports.

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Jubilant celebrations and outraged protests in South Korea Friday following the downfall President Park Geun-hye amid a corruption scandal. Tens of thousands of Koreans holding a rally welcoming a decision by the Constitutional Court that unanimously upheld a parliament vote to impeach her. Park and her friend Choi Soon-sil are accused of taking bribes from Korean conglomerate Samsung. And the ruling is her cue to pack up and leave the presidential compound. It's the first time a democratically elected president has been impeached in the country's history. After the ruling, thousands of pro-Park supporters swarmed police buses outside the courthouse--authorities say two of them died in the rally, and others were injured North Korea also weighed in - calling Park a common criminal in state media. There are a number of possible candidates who could now step up to South Korea's top job...one big question: how Park's successor will handle Pyongyang. But the impeachment isn't changing the course for the U.S. military. Pentagon saying Friday it will continue delivering components to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea to counter North Korea's recent missile testing. Special elections to pick Park's replacement must now be held within 60 days.

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South Korea rocked by demonstrations after impeachment

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 01:24