The so-called ‘peaceful protest’ that has been going on for, at least, 6 weeks in South Korea seems to be finally paying off. On December 9th, 2016, “South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was impeached Friday by the nation’s National Assembly, signaling an ignominious end to a term that had become mired in a corruption scandal.”
Thousands of Korean citizens are still angry and upset, even, after hearing Park’s public apology speech. Korean citizens are extremely disappointed with Park’s political corruption, which was made over her presidential term. At first, it seemed as if the Korean government was ignoring the protest made over the president, but the number of protesters kept on growing, to the point that it can no longer be stopped. Park has received the majority impeachment vote from her fellow Saenuri Party lawmakers. The very last step to complete the impeachment is to authorize the votes by the National Constitutional Court within 180 days to become permanently effective.
Now, the big question is: what will happen to South Korean politics after Park’s impeachment? By the Korean law, the Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will act as Head of State after Park leaves office. According to several political analysts, this new and sudden change to the Korean government will impact the nation’s relationship with its allies, such as the United States and in trades. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn comes from the left side of the Political Party. It is quite known that the “left-of-center opposition parties have been more skeptical of South Korea’s alliance with the U.S, and could jeopardize policies Washington promotes, such as enforcement of tough sanctions on Pyongyang or the deployment of a new missile defense system known as Thaad.” Especially now that U.S has a new president in place, the future relationship between South Korea and the United States may have an unpleasant/unexpected turn. Furthermore, the relationship between North Korea and South Korea will highly be impacted as well.