South Korea's Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office Friday over a corruption scandal that has roiled the country for months. Here's a rundown of the AP's coverage:
SEOUL, South Korea — In a historic, unanimous ruling Friday, South Korea's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil and worsened an already-serious national divide. It capped a stunning fall for Park, the country's first female leader who rode a wave of lingering conservative nostalgia for her late dictator father to victory in 2012, only to see her presidency crumble as millions of furious protesters filled the nation's streets. By Hyung-Jin Kim and Foster Klug. SENT: 1,300 words, photos, video.
This was not supposed to happen in South Korea. It was too divided, too corrupt, too much in thrall to the rich and powerful who had always had their way. Four months ago, the idea that the most powerful person in the country, along with the cream of South Korean business and politics, would be knocked from command after sustained, massive, peaceful protests would have been ludicrous. Now a massive upending of the status quo has so shaken the country's foundations that it has left people here a bit stunned, and wondering if life has truly changed. By Foster Klug. UPCOMING: 900 words by 6 a.m., photos.
SEOUL, South Korea — Formally removed from office by a historic Constitutional Court ruling Friday, Park Geun-hye has lost her presidential immunity from prosecution over a corruption scandal that has sent dozens of high-profile figures to face criminal trials. They include Park's friend of 40 years, Choi Soon-sil, Samsung's de-facto leader Lee Jae-yong, top presidential advisers, two former culture ministers and a music video director. By Hyung-Jin Kim. SENT: 690 words, photos.
SKOREA-POLITICS-SCRAMBLE FOR BLUE HOUSE
SEOUL, South Korea — With South Korea's Constitutional Court stripping President Park Geun-hye of power, the country slips into a political whirlwind building up to a presidential election likely in early May. Here's a look at possible scenarios in the frantic weeks ahead and some of the potential presidential contenders vying for the presidential Blue House: By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 870 words, photos.
SEOUL, South Korea — The ouster of South Korean President Park Geun-hye by the country's Constitutional Court on Friday ends a power struggle that consumed the nation for months. Her removal from office over a corruption scandal has the potential to reshape a country whose politics have long been marred by fraud and ideological bickering. The changes may begin with a presidential by-election expected in early May. SENT: 650 words, photos.
Hair rollers on a South Korean judge's head have become a symbol of dedication and a sign of hard-working women on the day South Korea legally dismissed its leader. UPCOMING: 140 words by 2 a.m., photos.
AP EXPLAINS-SKOREA-POLITICS: What's behind the ouster of South Korea's leader. SENT: 680 words, photos.
We will monitor developments throughout the day in all formats, including ongoing protests, any statement from Park and any movement from the presidential Blue House.
Video pieces out now include:
—Court reading out decision
—Reaction from political parties
—Several edits of anti- and pro-Park rallies
—Reaction from Japanese foreign minister
—We continue to offer live coverage from a pro-Park rally in Seoul.
—We plan to carry live of anti-Park rally/celebrations later today, expected to start 0900GMT.
—We have a camera at the presidential Blue House awaiting Park's departure/possible live.
—Awaiting comments from president's office/possible live.
—Awaiting comments from Prime Minister/acting leader.
—Awaiting China foreign-affairs ministry reaction.