South Korean Ex-President Park Geun-Hye Leaves Blue House

South Korean Ex-President Park Geun-Hye Leaves Blue House
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Impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye left the Blue House on Sunday evening, two days after the country’s Constitutional Court removed her from office over a massive corruption scandal.

Park-Geun-HyeShe left the Blue House in a motorcade of fast-driving black cars, flanked by police motorbikes, after bidding farewell to staff, an official said. She was heading for her home in the Gangnam district of the capital, Seoul, where hundreds of flag-waving supporters waited.

“President Park Geun-hye has just now departed the Blue House and headed for her private home,” a Blue House official said by text message.

The Constitutional Court formally removed Park from office on Friday, upholding an impeachment motion filed by lawmakers in December amid suspicions that she colluded with a confidante to extort money and favours from companies and allowed the friend to secretly manipulate state affairs.

The ruling ended a power struggle that had consumed the nation for months and marked a stunning downfall for Park, who convincingly defeated her liberal opponent in 2012 with overwhelming support from older South Koreans, who remembered her father, a former South Korean leader, as a hero.

Members of Park’s conservative party also gathered at her home.

A snap presidential election will be held by 9 May. The liberal politician likely to become the next president, Moon Jae-in, has promised to work for justice and common sense.

 

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