A protester reacts after the South Korean parliament's successful impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye as crowds gather outside the National Assembly in Seoul on December 9, 2016. AFP / Ed JONES
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South Korean lawmakers Friday voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye over an influence-peddling scandal, setting the stage for her to become the country's first elected leader to be expelled from office in disgrace.The votes of at least 200 members of the 300-seat chamber were needed for the motion to pass.Park, whose approval rating stands at just 5 percent, has resisted demands that she step down immediately.If Park leaves office early, an election must be held within 60 days.The poll front-runners are United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and ex-lawmaker Moon Jae-in, the former leader of the main opposition Democratic Party, who lost the 2012 election to Park by 3 percentage points.
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