S. Korean President removed from office

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Seoul, March 10 (IANS) A South Korean court on Friday upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, removing her from office after a 92-day leadership crisis, the media reported.

The ruling, which was announced by the Constitutional Court’s acting chief and televised live, made Park the nation’s first democratically elected leader to be ousted, Yonhap News Agency reported.

She was impeached by parliament on December 9 on charges of letting a close friend meddle in state affairs, colluding with her to extort money from conglomerates, and neglecting her duties during a 2014 ferry sinking that killed over 300 mostly students.

An election to pick her successor must be held within 60 days and many expect it to fall on May 9, the court ruled.

–IANS

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