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International - March 13, 2017

Impeached South Korean president returns to private home

Park Geun, Korea’s ex-president

Impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye returned to her private residence Sunday evening, two days after Korea’s Constitutional Court upheld her impeachment.

Maintaining her innocence, she waved and smiled to supporters who crowded outside her home in southern Seoul.

But hundreds of thousands of anti-Park protesters had also celebrated over the weekend after she became the country’s first democratically-elected leader to be ousted from office.

Park was impeached due to a massive presidential scandal that led to 30 suspects being indicted so far.

She is additionally expected to face prosecution due to a number of allegations that have surfaced since late last year — ranging from bribery to the creation of a cultural blacklist.

“I would like to express my apology for failing to fulfill my duty to the end,” she said via a spokesperson.

“Although it may take time, I believe the truth will eventually be revealed,” the statement read, according to Yonhap News Agency.

South Korea is expected to elect a new president by early May.

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