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>> South Korea's disgraced president may have just one day left in office. Park Geun-hye has been named an accomplice in a scheme to shake down top Korean companies for millions of dollars. But she can't be criminally charged while in office. On Friday if she's impeached in parliament, which is likely.
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Park will immediately be stripped of her power. Then she'll face an uphill battle hoping to overturn the motion in South Korea's high constitutional court. As Reuters' Jack Kim explains, it will be a long last stand for the president.>> The president has effectively put her faith in the hands of the nine judges who sit on the bench.
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They have up to 180 days to decide whether the parliament's impeachment bill against the president is valid.>> Two of the nine sitting judges could leave next year. And during this crisis, they're unlikely to be replaced. A smaller bench may help Park. Since the number of judges to uphold impeachment would remain at six.
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But experts say, in Park's case, the odds stay stacked against her.>> We've spoken to two former judges who served on the court. One of them was part of a team of lawyers who defended former President Roh Moo-hyun in 2004 in the only other impeachment case in the country.
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His experience gives special insight into the process. He believes that the case against the president is strong. The fact that many of the judges have conservative leaning will not be sufficient for the president to have the case overturned in court.>> If Park is impeached in parliament she'll have to step down from power and the country's prime minister will step in.
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Analysts say the opposition lead parliament is unlikely to cooperate with him. Grinding national affairs to a halt as Park's fate hangs in limbo.