Monday, March 15, 2004

President of South Korea in impeachment procedure

On the very day that I was introduced to the phenomenen of the "Internet" president in South Korea, news came in that parliament voted to impeach him.

Yesterday the BBC reported:

Tens of thousands of demonstrators in South Korea have held candle-lit vigils in eight cities to protest the impeachment of President Roh Moo-hyun. About 35,000 supporters gathered near the US embassy in Seoul chanting "impeachment is null and void".

Supporters of Mr Roh have promised daily protests against Friday's vote in parliament to impeach him. Polls show 70% believe the main charge of violating electoral law is not serious enough to warrant such a move. (...) Roh Moo-hyun remains the occupier of the presidential Blue House, awaiting a final decision from the Constitutional Court that could take six months. (...) Many analysts believe President Roh will eventually be reinstated by the Constitutional Court.

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