> The hammer blow South Korea's President has been dreading for months, Park Geun-hye officially kicked out of office on Friday. Judges in the constitutional courts unanimously upholding a parliament vote to impeach her.>> The benefits to defending the constitution by removing her from office are overwhelming.
>> It's the most dramatic turn so far in the country's sweeping corruption scandal. And Park is queued to pack up and leave the presidential compound. As Reuters's Ju-Min Park reports, the next time she moves it may be to prison.>> She now lost presidential immunity. That means she is facing prospect of being prosecuted, possibly jail time of Park and her friend.
Geun-hye has already been accused by prosecutors of taking bribes from Samsung. She has lost some of other privileges as the president. For example, when she dies, she's not gonna be buried in the Seoul National Cemetery where former presidents were honored.>> It's the first time a democratically-elected president has been booted from power in the country's history.
After the ruling, thousands of pro-Park supporters swarmed police buses outside the courthouse. Authorities say two of them died in the rally, and others were injured and stretchered away. While blocks over, anti-Park protestors shouted in triumph. North Korea also weighed in calling Park a common criminal in state media.
There are a number of possibly candidates who could now step up to South Korea's top job. One big question, how Park successor will handle Pyongyang. The president's downfall is expected to shift power to the liberal opposition. Their leaders want more dialog and engagement with the North as opposed to Park's more hardline policies.
Special elections to pick Park's replacement must now be held within 60 days. Her conservative coalition has take a battering in the wake of the scandal, and the man who ran against her four years ago, Moon Jae-in, is already leading the polls.