The National Assembly passed the motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal, Friday. Park was suspended from office at 7:03 p.m. immediately after the result was officially delivered to the presidential office, and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn began working as acting head of state. The President’s fate is now in the hands of the Constitutional Court, which is expected to make a ruling on whether the impeachment was valid in a few months.
President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she will accept the result of an impeachment vote on Friday and will wait for the Constitutional Court’s verdict if the motion is passed. Instead of making a much-expected fourth national address on the scandal involving her and her friend Choi Soon-sil, Park met with Saenuri Party Chairman Rep. Lee Jung-hyun and floor leader Rep. Chung Jin-suk, and said she will “calmly” accept the result of the vote.
The hundreds of thousands of South Koreans who have taken to the streets of Seoul in protest against President Park Geun-hye have done so peacefully in what one long-term resident described as an almost “carnival atmosphere.” Police on the streets have politely guided mothers with children in pushchairs and whole families have joined the candle-lit protests to demand the impeachment or otherwise removal of the president.