South Korean President Impeached

March 5, 2017

From Trailblazer to Ousted Leader

In 2013, Park Geun-hye was sworn in as the first female president of South Korea. During her campaign, she made many promises, one of which was to regain the trust of the people. Unfortunately, what seemed so promising initially completely fell apart last year. Park Geun-hye was accused of allowing her friend Choi Soon-sil to access confidential government information, and letting Ms. Choi use her position to force companies to give her money.

Earlier this month, Park Geun- hye was officially impeached. Protests erupted throughout the country, some for, and others against her removal from office. Former president Park Geun- hye has apologized for not carrying out her duties as president, but has not admitted to any wrongdoing. Instead, she has said, “Although it will take time, I believe the truth will certainly come out.” She has since left the presidential palace and may face corruption charges as a private citizen. South Koreans will have an opportunity to elect a new president in May.

Interesting Fact

Park Geun-hye is no stranger to politics. Her father was the President of South Korea from 1961 to 1979, and after her mother died from a failed assassination attempt on her father, she became the First Lady. She was 22-years old.