South Korean MPs voted Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye following a corruption scandal. The governing body voted 234 to 56 to remove Park from her role with immediate effect. Her official term is set to end in February 2018.

Park’s scandal began unfolding in October when her involvement with close friend Choi Soon-sil was revealed. The president allegedly shared classified documents, which Choi then used to help secure millions of dollars from companies including LG, Hyundai and Samsung.

The revelation led to a sharp decline in Park’s approval rating, to four percent. Since then, thousands have taken to the streets of South Korea to protest the president’s actions and call for her resignation.

In the aftermath of the impeachment vote, Park’s power will be passed to prime minister Hwang Kyo-ahn while the country’s court decides if the result is constitutionally sound. Park suggested she intended to fight her impeachment but will accept the final result.

“I am gravely accepting the voices of the people and the National Assembly, and I sincerely hope that the confusion will come to a satisfactory end,” she said. :writing:

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