- Title: South Korea PM chairs cabinet meeting after Park impeachment
- Date: 9th December 2016
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (DECEMBER 9, 2016) (REUTERS) ****WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF SOUTH KOREAN PRIME MINISTER, HWANG KYO-AHN (RIGHT), AND SOUTH KOREAN FINANCE MINISTER, YOO IL-HO (LEFT), ENTERING MEETING ROOM HWANG AND YOO SITTING DOWN MEETING IN PROGRESS HWANG SPEAKING / SOUTH KOREAN OFFICIALS SEATED OFFICIALS LISTENING HWANG SPEAKING VARIOUS OF OFFICIALS AT MEETING
- Embargoed: 24th December 2016 12:31
- Keywords: South Korea parliament lawmakers impeachment cabinet President Park Guen-hye Hwang Kyo-ahn Prime Minister
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Reuters ID: LVA0015C5WT39
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- Story Text: An emergency cabinet meeting led by South Korean Prime Minister and acting president, Hwang Kyo-ahn, was held on Friday (December 9) after parliament voted to impeach President Park Guen-hye.
Hwang took over as acting president after President Park Guen-hye's powers were suspended at 7.03 p.m. (1003 GMT) and told the cabinet meeting he would do his best to ensure a stable government continued to function.
Members of parliament voted by a higher-than-expected 234 in favour and 56 opposed in the secret ballot, meaning more than 60 of Park's own conservative Saenuri Party members backed the motion to remove her. The votes of least 200 members of the 300-seat chamber were needed for the motion to pass.
The Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.
Under the constitution, Park's duties will be assumed by the prime minister on an interim basis until the court rules.
Park is accused of colluding with a friend and a former aide to pressure big businesses to donate to two foundations set up to back her policy initiatives.
Park has denied wrongdoing but apologised for carelessness in her ties with her friend, Choi Soon-sil.
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