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    Protesters gather outside the National Assembly to demand the impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, in Seoul on December 9, 2016

    S.Korean Parliament Votes on Impeachment, Vote Count Underway

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    The South Korean parliament has completed the vote on the issue of impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, the votes are being counted at present.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – Local television channels are broadcasting the vote live.

    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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