Ousted South Korean President Called a Criminal by North Korea

Ousted South Korean President Called a Criminal by North Korea


South Korea

Some would say, that North Korea was quick to respond in calling the ousted South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, a common criminal. The North Korean state-run news agency, KCNA, reported on Park’s removal, which was issued by South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Friday, March 10, 2017.

The disgraced South Korean president’s removal, due to a corruption scandal, caused a country already dealing with political turmoil, to erupt in chaos. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in support of the accused criminal. Two protesters were killed, and about 30 others were injured, including police officers.

Furious members of the conservative party took the streets to support the first female president of the country. The protesters were met by thousands who cheered the decision of the court, further solidifying the political division within South Korea.

The violent protest caused the acting head of state, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, to plead for peace. He encouraged supporters of the former president to move on.

The court’s ruling can result in criminal proceedings against Park. Prosecutors have already named her a criminal suspect. Acting Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi said, “The benefits of protecting the constitution that can be earned by dismissing the defendant are overwhelmingly big.”

Lee has accused Park of conspiring with longtime acquaintance Choi Soon-sil, in eliciting tens of millions of dollars from businesses. Choi, who is a citizen and holds no elected position, may also have dabbled in South Korea’s affairs of state. This included receiving and viewing documents that contain state secrets.

The ousting of President Park Geun-hye could have repercussions on an international level. The turmoil from the impeachment could embolden North Korea further.

South Korea must hold an election within two months to replace Park. Opinion surveys show Moon Jae-in, a rival candidate of the ousted president, in elections held in 2012, has an adequate lead.

Written by Jessica Hamel
Edited by Tracy Blake


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