South Korean lawmakers on Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal.
Members of parliament voted by secret ballot with 234 in favour and 56 opposed, meaning dozens of members of Park’s own conservative Saenuri Party backed the motion to remove her.
No fewer than 200 members of the 300-seat chamber needed to vote for the motion for it to pass.
Parliament speaker said seven votes were disqualified, two members abstained and one member did not participate.
Reports say the Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.
Credit: The Nation