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South Korean President Accepts Parliament's Impeachment Vote

© REUTERS / Kim Hong-JiPeople watch a television broadcast of a news report on President Park Geun-hye releasing a statement to the public in Seoul, South Korea, November 29, 2016.
People watch a television broadcast of a news report on President Park Geun-hye releasing a statement to the public in Seoul, South Korea, November 29, 2016. - Sputnik International
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Friday she accepted the parliament decision to impeach her.

TOKYO (Sputnik) – As many as 234 lawmakers voted in favor of the motion to impeach Park and 56 voted against in the 300-seat parliament earlier Friday.

People react after impeachment vote on South Korean President Park Geun-hye was passed, in front of the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. The sign reads Impeach Park Geun-hye. - Sputnik International
South Korean Parliament Votes in Favor of President's Impeachment

"I strongly accept the voice of the parliament and the people of the country, and I sincerely desire the end of ongoing chaos," Park said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

She called on the government to prevent "vacuum" forming in the country’s economy and security.

Political scandal around the president broke out in late October 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 non-commercial funds.

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