Korean president Park Geun-hye faces impeachment vote

    Korean president Park Geun-hye faces impeachment vote

    Dec.9, Seoul: South Korea's embattled president Park Geun-hye is facing impeachment, with lawmakers due to vote on Friday on dismissing her from office.

    Ms Park is embroiled in a political scandal that has sparked massive protests and calls for her resignation.

    A close confidante, Choi Soon-sil, is accused of using her connections to Ms Park to gain influence and money.

    Prosecutors say Ms Park had a "considerable" role in the alleged corruption, which she has denied.

    She has also resisted calls to step down, insisting that she would leave the decision up to parliament.

    While rebels have vowed to continue fighting, the battle is complicated by tens of thousands of fearful civilians trapped in the remaining portions of the rebel-held east.

    And as winter sets in, siege conditions are increasingly desperate, exacerbated by increasing numbers of displaced residents and food and water shortages.

    Brita Haji Hassan, president of the Aleppo local council, said on Thursday more than 800 people have been killed and 3,000-3,500 wounded in war-devastated eastern Aleppo in the past 26 days.

    "Today 150,000 people are threatened with extermination. We are calling for a halt to the bombing and guarantees of safe passage of all," Hassan said during a trip to Geneva.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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