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Understanding South Korea’s ‘Upside Down’ Impeachment Process

In South Korea the process for removing a democratically elected leader from office seems to be to impeach first and ask questions later.  In early December the National Assembly voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye on charges of abuse of power, bribery, and infringement of press freedom in connection with an alleged multi-million dollar influence peddling scandal.  The impeachment motion also charges the president with negligence for the government’s...

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