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Election To Be Held In May Following President Park Geun Hye's Ousting

By March 13, 2017 at 8:04 am
President Park Geun-hye has been ousted (Photo : Ed Jones-Pool/Getty Images)

President Park Geun-Hye has officially been ousted. It was revealed that election will be held no later than May 9.

President Park's ousting has prompted a race on who will next lead the country. The Constitution states that South Korea will need to have a presidential election within 60 days after the previous president has been ousted.

Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-Ahn will be guiding the election. The deadline for the national vote will be on May 9.

While there is a possibility that the election will be before then, there are speculations that it will happen on the exact day. It has been deemed as a "Cherry Blossom Election."

Presidential candidates will have 23 days to campaign. Parties will have 37 days to finalize their respective candidates.

This came after the court has delivered a unanimous verdict and upheld the impeachment of President Park Geun-Hye. All eight judges voted for her to be ousted from Cheong Wa Dae for good.

This marked the end of the nation's leadership crisis for more than 90 days. The verdict was announced by acting court President Lee Jung-mi in a live broadcast. President Park Geun-Hye is the first Korean president to be stripped of power through impeachment.

"President Park impaired the spirit of democracy and the rule of law," Lee said. "In regard to the protection of the Constitution, the benefits of removing her far outweigh those of keeping her in power, given the negative effects and seriousness of her actions."

Last month, thousands of protesters gathered to demand President Park's resignation. It was estimated that about 1 million people joined the rally in Seoul's Gwanghwamun Square.

The rally was peaceful. Protesters used songs and speeches to urge her to quit. Saturday was the fourth anniversary of President Park's inauguration. It concluded as protesters, with some holding large flaming torches, marched toward the presidential office.

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