On Friday, March 10, 2017, the South Korean President Park Geun-hye was removed from office. Her role in a corruption and influence-peddling scandal led to all 8 justices on the Constitutional Court to vote to uphold the impeachment of Park which was passed in December. It was concluded that she had leaked confidential documents to Choi Soon-sil assisting her in extracting bribes and asking big businesses for donations.
This event relates to US history because of the situation with Richard Nixon during his second term. In 1993, there was an Arab oil embargo, gasoline rationing, and a continuing series of revelations about the Watergate scandal. The escalation of the scandal cost Nixon a lot of political support. In 1994, in the face of impeachment, Nixon resigned from office.
- Do you believe that her impeachment was an appropriate punishment?
- Why do you think she tried to help Choi Soon-sil obtain money?
- How can this situation be avoided in the future?