S.Korea court says to rule on President Park's impeachment on Friday

Analysts had expected the impeachment decision.

If the court decides to reject it, Park will be reinstated and the presidential election will take place in December as originally scheduled. "They are a grave violation of law which can not be tolerated". "The biased Korean media, coupled with left-leaning and North Korean sympathizing labor unions, have led anti-Park protests to the streets of South Korea".

Sensing history, thousands of people - both pro-Park supporters, many of them dressed in army-style fatigues and wearing red berets, and those who wanted Park gone - gathered around the Constitutional Court building and a huge public square in downtown Seoul. Several people were seen unconscious on the ground.

"As there are many South Korean holidays on the first week of May, the chances are high that the election will be held on May 9, 60 days after impeachment". Park Hyung-jun of Sungkyunkwan University says a fair legal decision was essential for South Koreans, who have lost faith in those governing them and in their institutions.

Tasked with looking after Park's wardrobe and personal affairs, Choi Soon-sil has been accused of using her influence over Park to force South Korean companies, including Samsung, to contribute about $90 million to two foundations she controlled.

Ms Park is accused of giving her friend unauthorised access to government decisions and allowing her to exploit their close relationship. Park refused to be questioned by the special prosecutors.

A number of former presidential aides and cabinet members have been arrested and charged with abuse of power or leaking secret state documents to Choi at Park's order. As long as she remains president, she is immune from prosecution.

Park was born in 1952 as the first child of Park Chung-hee. That motion followed weeks of huge but peaceful crowds gathering in downtown Seoul, the capital, to call for her resignation.

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Stachowiak rallied with consecutive wins to make the lead just 4-3, but Blumberg captured the final two games for the win. The Cavaliers (21-9) would get the victor of another first-round game, Georgia Tech (17-14) and Pittsburgh (15-16).

4 Nov, 2016: Ms Park makes her second televised apology, saying she would take responsibility if found guilty.

She is accused of receiving about $70 million in bribes from big business groups.

An investigation into the political scandal that brought Park Geun-hye down has returned 30 indictments, including the head of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong.

Lee denied any wrongdoing.

Other contenders include software mogul and leader of a small opposition party, People's Party, Ahn Cheol-soo; six-time legislator of ruling Saenuri Party, Rhee In-Je, who announced his fourth bid for presidency since 1997; outspoken liberal Lee Jae-myung, who likes to compare himself to USA politician Bernie Sanders; and Seoul's Mayor Park Won-soon, a former human rights lawyer with some landmark cases under his belt.

In 1997, Park returned to politics, joining the Grand National Party (GNP), predecessor of the ruling Liberty Korea Party, and was elected a lawmaker a year later.

She became South Korea's first woman leader after winning the 2012 election with 51.6% of the vote, defeating former human-rights lawyer Moon Jae-in.


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