The culmination of months of massive open-air protests demanding Park's removal for abuse of power. Prosecutors accuse her of working with her friend Choi Soon-sil pressure big business to donate to pro-Park foundations that Choi set up. And for soliciting bribes from major corporate leaders including Jay Y Lee, the head of Samsung, who is currently being held in a prison cell.
Now, that she's been axed from power, Park will lose all Presidential immunity from prosecution, and faces a potential state investigation and possible indictment. Throughout the scandal she's claimed she's innocent and the victim of a conspiracy, without giving proof. Park's defense will likely hinge on arguing she never benefited financially from Choi's foundations.
Choi's already been in and out of court for a abuse of power and bribery. Prosecutors viewed the two of them as partners in crime. A new leader will be chosen in May, a short election playing out as Park fights for her innocence. Her conservative coalition has been badly fractured in the wake of the scandal.
And the man who ran against her four years ago, Moon Jae-in, is already leading the polls.>>