South Korea's interim leader convenes cabinet meeting after Park's impeachment verdict

Nearly nine out of 10 South Koreans supported the constitutional court's decision to oust President Park Geun-hye, a local survey showed on Saturday.

South Korea's interim president and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn is to hold a cabinet meeting following the constitutional court upholding parliament's impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye.

They carried flags and candles and cheered jubilantly, a day after the Constitutional Court removed her from office over a corruption scandal which had consumed the nation for months.

Millions will be glued to TV screens across the country as one of the judges starts reading a statement at 11am (0200 GMT). The entire session took no longer than half an hour.

2004: Park becomes leader of the main conservative party which scores an upset victory in parliamentary elections. "We will calmly wait and see what the result will be". Park would then be subject to indictment and detention as she loses the immunities as head of state.

"I've never sought private gains or abused power as president".

The court put 25 witnesses on the stand over 17 sessions from January 3 to February 27.

It also marks the first time a South Korean president has been ousted before the end of their term since democracy replaced dictatorship in the late 1980s.




Ahead of the decision, an overwhelming majority of South Koreans - around 77 percent - support Park's removal in opinion polls.

While both sides have remained largely peaceful so far, there are growing concerns about the impact of the court's decision, which will be broadcast live from 11 a.m. (0200GMT) Friday.

"Whoever gets elected as the next South Korean president, turning over the agreement, such as the deployment of THAAD will be extremely hard", Cha Du-hyeogn, a former intelligence secretary to South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, told NK News.

"The court must not approve the impeachment based on suspicions rather than proof", he said.

Prosecutors say the case for removing Park from office for her role in the corruption scandal could not have been clearer, but her lawyers have vowed to fight on, the Washington Post reports.

She was also accused of neglecting her duties during the 2014 Sewol ferry sinking that killed more than 300, although the constitutional court did not rule on those accusations.

With Park's ouster, the country now has 60 days to choose a new president.

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