After several months of protesting, a South Korean court of 8 justices voted unanimously to remove the country’s first female president, Park Geun-hye.
Prosecutors are looking to charge Park with bribery, extortion and abuse of power. This is in connection with the allegations that she and her childhood friend, Choi Soon-sil, collected tens of millions of dollars in bribes from companies like Samsung. The head of Samsung, Lee Jae-yong was already indicted on charges of bribing these two women.
As the verdict was announced, thousands of Park supporters rallied near the courthouse waving South Korean flags. The protest became violent and two demonstrators died who were between the ages of 60 and 72.
By law, the country must elect a new president within 60 days. For now, Hwang Kyo-ahn is the acting president.
The Trump administration is rushing a missile defense system to South Korea so it can be in place before the new election begins.