Park Geun-hye: South Korea lawmakers vote to impeach leader

South Korea’s parliament has voted to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.

The motion passed by 234 votes to 56, meaning some members of Ms Park’s ruling Saenuri party voted in favour.

Hwang Kyo-ahn, the country’s prime minister, has become interim president.

Thousands of people took to the streets in recent weeks demanding Ms Park’s removal. After the
vote, she again apologised that she had “created this national chaos with my carelessness”.

At the heart of the crisis is the relationship between Ms Park and a close confidante, Choi Soon-sil, who stands accused of using her
connections to gain influence and financial benefits.

She is custody, facing charges of coercion and abuse of power.

Prosecutors say Ms Park had a “considerable” role in the alleged corruption, which she has denied.

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