by Dolapo Adelana
South Korea’s Constitutional Court has upheld a decision by the country’s National Assembly to impeach President Park Geun-hye.
In a unanimous decision, the eight judges on the court voted to remove Park, the country’s first female president, from office.
Park was impeached over her role in a corruption scandal involving close friend Choi Soon-sil.
She now loses her presidential immunity and could face criminal charges.
The judges in delivering their judgment said Park broke the law by allowing Ms Choi to meddle in state affairs and breached guidelines on official secrets by leaking numerous documents.
Her action “seriously impaired the spirit of… democracy and the rule of law,” said constitutional court chief justice Lee Jung-mi.
The judge added that Ms Park had “concealed completely Choi’s meddling in state affairs and denied it whenever suspicions over the act emerged and even criticised those who raised the suspicions.”