Park Geun-hye

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Park Geun-hye
Official portrait, 2013
11th President of South Korea
In office
25 February 2013 – 10 March 2017
Prime MinisterChung Hong-won
Lee Wan-koo
Choi Kyoung-hwan (Acting)
Hwang Kyo-ahn
Preceded byLee Myung-bak
Succeeded byHwang Kyo-ahn (Acting)
Leader of the Saenuri Party
In office
17 December 2011 – 15 May 2012
Preceded byHong Jun-pyo
Succeeded byHwang Woo-yea
In office
23 March 2004 – 10 July 2006
Preceded byChoe Byeong-ryeol
Succeeded byKang Jae-sup
Member of the National Assembly
In office
30 May 2012 – 10 December 2012
ConstituencyProportional Representation No. 11
In office
3 April 1998 – 29 May 2012
Preceded byKim Suk-won
Succeeded byLee Jong-jin
Personal details
Born (1952-02-02) 2 February 1952 (age 72)
Taegu, South Korea
Political partySaenuri Party
Alma materSogang University

Park Geunhye (born February 2, 1952) is a South Korean politician. She served as the President of South Korea from 2013 until her impeachment in 2017. She is the second daughter of Park Chung-hee, former President of South Korea. On December 19, 2012, she was elected president of the country. She was the first woman president of South Korea, having taken office on February 25, 2013.[1] In 2013 and 2014, Park was named the world's 11th most powerful woman and the most powerful woman in East Asia by Forbes magazine.[2]

Park was impeached on 10 March 2017 and was replaced by Prime Minister of South Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn.[3]

Impeachment and suspension[change | change source]

On 9 December 2016, Park was impeached by the National Assembly on charges related to influence peddling by a top aide.[4] Her presidential powers and duties have been suspended since the ratification of the impeachment proposal, and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn has assumed those powers and duties as Acting President.[5] She was officially removed from office on 10 March 2017.[3]

On 6 April 2018, a three-judge panel of the Central District Court in Seoul sentenced Park to 24 years in prison and a fine of ₩18,000,000,000 (US$16,798,683). The panel said she was guilty of 16 out of 18 charges brought against her.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Sang-Hun, Choe (19 December 2012). "Park Geun-hye Is Elected South Korea's First Female President". The New York Times.
  2. "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women; 2015 RANKING". Forbes. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sang-hun, Choe (9 March 2017). "South Korea Removes President Park Geun-hye". The New York Times. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. Choe Sang-hun (December 9, 2016). "South Korea Parliament Votes to Impeach President Park Geun-hye". The New York Times. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  5. "Park names Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as new PM". Yonhap. 21 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  6. "The Korea Times - Home".

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