South Korea’s [current] 11th President, Park Geun-hye (whose current “situation” I recently covered here, was recently impeached. This impeachment carries with it a 180 day suspension of duties and authorities. All of which have been subsumed by the current PM.
In my last article on the subject, I covered just about all the causes leading up to this ultimate effect. Having read all that, is it any real surprise that her suspension is the result? Hell no.
This all comes at a very important time in the Far East, though. Park is South Korea’s first female elected President, Northeast Asia’s first female president, and the first female head of state in all of East Asia. She’s been involved in national politics since the 90s; but was also acting First Lady of South Korea for most of the hazy disco days of the 70s (after her mother was killed in the assassination attempt on her father, remember). So that–if you’re into those kinda of metrics–is a pretty big deal. That said, let’s exacerbate this with more accolades:
- Forbes Magazine listed Park as the most powerful woman in East Asia, more than once
- Forbes Magazine listed Park as high as their 11th most powerful woman in the world, twice
- And, Forbes Magazine also listed her as the 46th most powerful *person* in the world in 2014
So, at least Forbes was into her. But it wasn’t just business magazines. Park held the highest approval rating of any South Korean President ever. Hugely popular. Yuge. Held the highest approval ratings across the age demographics, too. Another yuge deal, I can assure you. Now she’s sitting squarely between 1 and 4%–depending on who you ask. (That’s some Icarus level shit, right there. She isn’t even going to get asked onto The View when all is said and done, at this rate. She’s getting cut straight to VHS, maybe Betamax.)
So…what’s this all mean? South Korea is at dead center mass of a complete shitstorm. If anything else could possibly go wrong for them, the Japanese will make a cartoon out of it. That’s how bad it’ll have to be.
Park tried to resign after all this dirty laundry started to get aired publicly, but the system stopped her. She was told her to standby and brace for impact. No one in the gov wanted her to juke impeachment, not even her own party.
So, impeachment motion was sent up, and everybody in the National Assembly voted. 234/300. For the next [up to] 180 days, the SK-gov will figure out what they’re going to do with her. In the meantime, all Presidential powers have been handed off to Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who is now known as the “Acting President”…
During this time out, the investigation(s) already going on, will continue, post haste, to their fruition. Park isn’t hiding much at this point, but both she and her soothsayer *will* face charges by the end of it.
So…her ruck is in the hall, so to speak.
Featured image courtesy of Huffington Post.