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South Korean constitutional court upholds impeachment of President Park

Xinhua | Updated: 2017-03-10 10:19

South Korean constitutional court upholds impeachment of President Park.

The bill to impeach President Park was passed in the National Assembly on Dec 9 by an overwhelming majority.

A total of 20 hearings had been held since Feb 27. Tens of witnesses appeared in the courtroom for questioning.

In recent months, almost 80 percent of South Koreans had supported Park's impeachment, but some 15 percent had opposed it.

If the court upholds the motion, President Park will become the first South Korean leader to be ousted through impeachment.

In 2004, late President Roh Moo-hyun was impeached, but he was reinstated two months later.

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