Just a few hours ago, South Korea’s constitutional court followed through with their impeachment proceedings, and dismissed President Park Geun-hye…unanimously. I am certain this will not be the last installment in what has been a long and twisted plot. I brought everyone into it fairly recently here , and here. As you’ll get with just about political dynasty, the drama’s just gonna keep on rolling out.
The verdict was handed down by constitutional court chief justice Lee Jung-mi, head of the eight-judge panel. This is the first verdict of its kind in South Korea, a country who has only known the rule of democracy for a few decades. Park is now the first female head of state for South Korea, and the first to have been removed from office. Not sure if that equals out…
South Korea will hold another general election to choose her replacement. South Korean law stipulates this election must be held within two months. If you thought Russia was jacking with the US election…go on ahead and place your bets on the northern Korea Twin to do the same to its southern sibling.
We covered several of Park’s freakiness and transgressive habits in the other two articles. As a reminder, Park is the 65-year-old daughter of a former South Korean head of state. She has been accused of doing a variety of questionable things for and with friend, confidant, and cult leader, Choi Soon-sil. Both Park and Choi have stood trial for all this.
Aside from strong-arming various corporations for monetary and political gain, Park was also accused of the ever popular political past-time of soliciting bribes for government favors and special access. These accusations include the head of the Samsung Group. So…some ma & pa places, at the very least.
Park will be packing her shit as we speak, and pulling all stakes from gov facilities. She’s been on basic house arrest at her Presidential Residence since all this shit started unfolding publicly. Protests and riots have been erupting pretty cyclically over this period, as well. The streets outside the court, and the Blue House (think White House…but blue, and Korean) have been full of pissed off citizens, and are as you read this.
As I stated in one of the above-listed articles, South Korea couldn’t be more screwed if they got hit by a meteor tomorrow morning. The wolves are already inside the gates, and the entire country has to renegotiate it footing and posture because shitty leadership is still a thing.
Stay tuned, SOFREPsters!
Featured image courtesy of AP