Over 75% of South Korean Citizens Support President’s Impeachment – Poll

© REUTERS / Kim Hong-JiPeople march during a protest calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in central Seoul, South Korea, November 30, 2016. The signs read "Offender disturbing order of nation, Park Geun-hye".
People march during a protest calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in central Seoul, South Korea, November 30, 2016. The signs read Offender disturbing order of nation, Park Geun-hye. - Sputnik International
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Over three-quarters of South Koreans support the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye amid the corruption scandal, a poll published Thursday showed.

TOKYO (Sputnik) — The poll conducted by the Real Meter survey organization showed that 75.3 percent of the respondents supported the motion, with 17.3 percent opposing it, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The survey was conducted after Park's speech confirming her readiness to resign this week with participation of 1,039 respondents with the maximum sample error standing at 3 percent, according to the media.

Political scandal around the president broke out when media reported that Park allowed Choi Soon-sil, her friend and "shadow adviser," who held no official post, to edit her speeches thus letting her influence the country's policy. Moreover, Choi was suspected of pressuring South Korean big corporations and extorting money from them for her noncommercial funds. A total of $70 million was transferred to the bank accounts of these funds.

Choi was officially charged on November 20 and the prosecution said that the president was also involved in the scandal. As a result, thousands of people took to the streets demanding the president's resignation.

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