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South Korean parliament sets up impeachment vote for President Park Geun-hye

South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament has formally introduced an impeachment motion on President Park Geun-hye, setting the stage for a likely vote on Friday.

A parliamentary official reported the motion to a plenary session. A vote on impeachment must then be held within 72 hours.

Friday is the final day of the current parliamentary session.

Political observers say the opposition has enough ruling party dissenters to pass Ms Park's impeachment.

If she is impeached, the Constitutional Court will have up to 180 days to determine whether to formally unseat her or restore her presidential powers.

The prime minister will rule while the court decides.

Prosecutors say Ms Park let a corrupt confidante manipulate government affairs and extort businesses.


From Belfast Telegraph