South Korea’s first female president, Park Geun-hye, was impeached. She was the first impeached president in the South Korea when the Korean Constitutional Court voted unanimously to remove her from office. Snap elections for a new president will be held within 60 days.
The ruling sparked protests from hundreds of Park’s supporters, two of whom were killed in clashes with police outside the court. On the other side, a festive rally was held by those who had demanded her ouster. They celebrated the serving of justice.
“We did it. We the citizens, the sovereign of this country, opened a new chapter in history,” said Lee Tae-ho. He is the leader of a movement to oust Park that has held mostly peaceful rallies in downtown Seoul involving millions.
The date for South Korea’s presidential election has been announced, with the citizens of Korea set to vote on its next leader nearly two months after the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.
“The country’s presidential elections will take place on May 9,” Interior Minister Hong Yun-sik said Wednesday. Hwang Kyo-ahn, the acting South Korean president, will not run in the election, he confirmed.
“I have concluded that it is not appropriate for me to run in the election, to maintain stable national security and manage a fair election,” Hwang said.
Here are the latest approval ratings in a Gallup Korea poll.
The 64-year-old former Democratic Party of Korea chief, as well as runner-up to Park in the 2012 election, Moon Jae-in was selected ‘best-interest-leader of the public’ in polls.
The 51-year-old governor of South Chungcheong Province sits in second place in the poll. A Democratic Party of Korea member, he rose fast by gaining the backing of centrists and conservatives.
The 55-year-old former “doctor-turned-software tycoon” is the former leader of the second-largest opposition People’s Party. He considered a run against Park in the 2012 presidential race, but opted to support another candidate.
The 52-year-old mayor of Seongnam city has said he “respects Donald Trump” and enjoys being compared to Bernie Sanders.