South Koreans opposed to President Park Geun-hye welcome the Constitutional Court's decision to uphold her impeachment while her supporters denounce the ruling in an emotional protest.
(ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Pro and anti-President Park Geun-hye protesters took to the streets following the Constitutional Court's decision to uphold her impeachment on Friday (March 10). Park becomes South Korea's first democratically elected leader to be forced from office. A presidential election will be held in 60 days, according to the constitution. The ruling to uphold parliament's Dec. 9 vote to impeach Park over an influence-peddling scandal is the most dramatic twist in a political crisis that has gripped the country for months. Park, 65, was being accused of colluding with a friend, Choi Soon-sil, and a former presidential aide, both of whom have been on trial, to pressure big businesses to donate to two foundations set up to back her policy initiatives. She was also accused of soliciting bribes from the head of the Samsung Group for government favours, including backing a merger of two Samsung affiliates in 2015 that was seen as supporting the succession of control over the country's largest "chaebol" conglomerate. Park has denied any wrongdoing.