Jubilant celebrations and outraged protests in South Korea Friday following the downfall of President Park Geun-hye, amid a corruption scandal. Tens of thousands of Koreans holding a rally welcoming a decision by the constitutional court that unanimously upheld a parliament vote to impeach her. Park, and her friend, Choi Soon-sil, are accused of taking bribes from Korean conglomerate Samsung, and the ruling is her cue to pack up and leave the Presidential compound.
As Reuters, Ju-Min Park reports, the next time she moves, it may be to prison.>> She now lost Presidential immunity, so faces prospect of being prosecuted, possibly jail time. She also lost some 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 impeached in the country's history. After the ruling, thousands of pro Park supporters swarm police busses outside the courthouse. Authorities say two of them died in the rally, and others were injured. North Korea also weighing in, calling Park a common criminal in state media.
There are a number of possible candidates who could now step up to South Korea's top job. One big question, how Park's successor will handle Pyongyang.>> Liberals are likely to take power. Although they are against North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, liberals are relatively more open for engagement and dialogue with Pyongyang.
As opposed to Park taking tough stance towards the North.>> But the impeachment isn't changing the course for the US military. The Pentagon is saying Friday it will continue delivering components to deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea to counter North Korea's recent missile testing. Special elections to pick Park's replacement must now be held within 60 days.