South Korean President Removed: Reactions

South Korean President Removed: Reactions
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South Korea and the world reacts to the historic ruling this morning upholding the president's impeachment.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye is the country's first democratically-elected president to be removed from office after the Constitutional Court ruled to uphold her impeachment today.

Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will be serving as interim president until a snap election is held within 60 days.

Here are reactions from around the world regarding the impeachment:

On the court ruling:

“It was a such an obvious case that there was no room for the court to rule other than impeaching the president,” said Kim Seon-taek, a professor of constitutional law at Korea University. - The Washington Post

“The case couldn’t have been any clearer,” said Chung Tae-ho of Kyung Hee University. “With this verdict, the Constitutional Court has sent an unequivocal warning to the people in power not to take advantage of their positions and seek personal gains.” - The Washington Post

On public opinion:

"If Park accepts the ruling and soothes those who opposed her impeachment, things will be quiet," said Yoon Tae-Ryong, a political scientist at Seoul's Konkuk University. "But looking at what she's done so far, I think that might be wishful thinking." - New York Daily

Now that Park’s immediate fate is clear, public anger is expected to focus again on the political influence – and extraordinary wealth – enjoyed by the the most powerful figures in South Korea’s family-run conglomerates, or chaebol. - The Guardian

On the future of Korea:

"Only a new mandate from the South Korean people and the energy of a new administration empowered to implement the political will of the people will enable South Korea to overcome its current problems," said Scott Snyder, senior fellow for Korea studies at the Council of Foreign Relations. - CNBC

“Her removal means that the curtain is finally drawing on the authoritarian political and economic order that has dominated South Korea for decades,” said Ahn Byong-jin, rector of the Global Academy for Future Civilizations at Kyung Hee University in Seoul. - The New York Times

“This is a miracle, a new milestone in the strengthening and institutionalizing of democracy in South Korea,” said Kang Won-taek, a political scientist at Seoul National University. - The New York Times

On the upcoming election:

South Korean elections are "highly unpredictable. No one knows (who will win) until the last minute," said John Delury, associate professor of Chinese studies at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Studies. "It's going to be extremely difficult for a candidate from (Park's) party to win -- there is such deep ill will and discontent toward her and her party." - CNN

Editor: Olivia Yang