South Korean President Impeached


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This is the President of South Korea giving a speech.

On March 10, 2017, South Korean president, Park Geun-Hye, was impeached by South Korea’s Constitutional Court due to corruption. Elected in 2012, ex-president Park Geun-Hye, South Korea’s first female president, became the first democratically elected leader in the country that was ever stripped of the position of president. Although it had been decided that she would leave her position when the legislature voted her impeachment way back in December, Park has just recently left the Blue House, which is basically the White House of South Korea.

The court sent an approval to most of the legislature’s charges against the former president. Out of the many charges, the most critical charge against Park Geun-Hye was for corruption. In fact, Park Geun-Hye was strongly condemned and punished for secretly allowing her close friend Choi Soon-sil to intrude in political matters. For example, the former president permitted Choi Soon-sil to give her advice on political affairs, simply for personal gain. It is also said that Choi Soon-sil even convinced the former president into taking her advice on mystical beliefs, such as certain colors to wear.  

However, on November 4, 2017, Park Geun-Hye apologized for the occurrence of the scandal and explained how living on her own made her extremely lonely, making her eventually turn to Choi Soon-sil, a very close friend, to help her with only her personal affairs. At the same time, she completely denied her involvement in political corruption and involvement of Choi Soon-sil in political affairs. As a matter of fact, Park Geun-Hye stated that “The truth will come out.” in her impeachment speech. Despite her explanation and claim of innocence, the former president’s approval ratings have plummeted down to only 5% according to a recent poll, which takes the record for lowest approval rating out of all of the presidents.

South Korea’s most urgent task right now is to find a new candidate that is suitable to take over the position of president. Currently, the prime minister of South Korea, Hwang Kyo-Ahn, is temporarily taking over the roles of president, but it has been confirmed that he will not be running in the election. The 2017 Korean elections, originally planned to take place around November of 2017, have been moved up to May 9, 2017. So far, lawmakers from the center-left Democratic Party are in the lead. Members of this party include Moon Jae-in, Ahn Hee-Jung, Choi Sung, and Lee Jae-Myung, but so far, it can be hypothesized that Moon Jae-in will soon be South Korea’s next president.

Nonetheless, ex-president Park Geun-Hye will face trials on all her charges as a common citizen. According to Kraemer student Karis C., “Hopefully South Korea can quickly get back on their feet and elect a new president who is fit to be the next president.”