Police said Tuesday they are investigating 16 people for their violent acts during rallies after the Constitutional Court’s ouster of former leader Park Geun-hye. The National Police Agency (NPA) said they are looking into 21 cases that took place during rallies Friday and Saturday, after the court’s ruling was delivered. One of the suspects is a 65-year-old Park supporter, identified only by his last name Jeong, who allegedly took control of a police bus and rammed it into other buses Friday. A 72-year-old participant, surnamed Kim, was injured by a heavy speaker that fell from one of the buses and died later that day. Jeong has been formally arrested by police.
An impeachment vote against South Korea’s scandal-hit President will be postponed by at least a week, lawmakers said on Wednesday, after Park Geun-Hye announced she was willing to stand down early. Lawmakers from Park’s own party had backed moves to impeach her this Friday, but now want the issue discussed in Parliament before holding a vote, likely to be scheduled a week later.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she will resign — if parliament arranges the technical details — in her latest attempt to fend off impeachment efforts and massive street protests amid prosecution claims that a corrupt confidante wielded government power from the shadows. Opponents immediately called Park’s conditional resignation offer a stalling tactic, and analysts said her steadfast denial that she has done anything wrong could embolden her enemies. The country’s largest opposition party, the Minjoo Party, said it would not let Park’s “ploy to avoid impeachment” interfere with a planned vote on impeachment on Friday