South Korea has been plunged into a period of political uncertainty after the President, Park Geun-hye, was forced out of office by a corruption scandal.
The country’s Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary vote to impeach Park over allegations of corruption and cronyism. She becomes the country’s first democratically elected leader to be forcibly removed.
Two died amid chaotic scenes in the capital, Seoul. Thousands demonstrated after the unanimous decision by eight judges was read out down in a live broadcast that gripped the nation.
The decision brings the career of South Korea’s first female president to an inglorious end. It also comes at a pivotal moment for the region, as North Korea ramps up its nuclear weapons testing program.
Here are the main developments:
- Stripped of her immunity, Park is liable to prosecution.
- A snap presidential election will be held within 60 days.
- Turmoil comes as tensions rise with North Korea and China.
- Acting president warns North Korea may take advantage the uncertainty.
- The scandal has also entangled the acting head of Samsung.