Park Geun-hye, from 1st S.Korean female president to 1st ousted leader

Xinhua | 2017-03-10 11:08

Park Geun-hye, from 1st S.Korean female president to 1st ousted leader

South Korea's new President Park Geun-hye (C) leaves after her inauguration at the parliament in Seoul February 25, 2013. [Photo/Agencies]

Anger and disappointment was vented on Park as she allowed Choi, a private citizen having no public position, to meddle in state affairs from the shadow and influence the appointment of government officials for personal gains.

Lee Jae-yong, an heir apparent of Samsung Group, the country's largest family-controlled conglomerate, has been taken into custody for his alleged involvement in bribery, becoming the first chief in Samsung's 79-year history to be detained. It was reminiscent of the deep-rooted collusive links between politicians and businessmen.

Prosecutors branded Park as a criminal accomplice to Choi for multiple charges, and her approval rating plunged to 5 percent in early November, the lowest for any South Korean leader.

People took to the streets to demand Park's impeachment and immediate resignation, with the Dec. 3 candlelight vigil drawing 2.32 million protesters across the country, the largest ever in history.

Fury exploded on the streets as dissatisfactions amassed with Park's stubborn push for policies without sufficient communications with the parliament and the general public.

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