South Korea: Impeached ex-president Park Geun-Hye arrives at private home

Park was found to have broken the law by allowing her friend Choi Soon-Sil to meddle in state affairs, and breached rules on public servants' activities. Photograph:( AFP )

Reuters Seoul, South Korea Mar 12, 2017, 11.44 AM (IST)

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Sunday arrived at her private home in southern Seoul two days after the constitutional court upheld her impeachment.

Park came out from the residence inside the Blue House at about 19:00 local time (1000 GMT). A long line of black sedans and vans, carrying the ousted leader and security guards, departed from the presidential office around 15 minutes later.

Park arrived at her home in Gangnam district of Seoul at 19:37.

Two days earlier, the constitutional court unanimously upheld the bill to impeach Park, which was passed by the parliament on December 9.

Park became the first South Korean leader to be ousted through impeachment. She was stripped of all executive power and lost the title as head of state immediately after the ruling.

Park was supposed to leave her office on Friday, but it was delayed as her home needed renovations.

The defamed ex-president left no message on her removal from office, according to local media reports. Before departing for her home, Park met with senior secretaries for the last greetings.

Without the impeachment, Park's five-year term was supposed to end in February next year. She was sworn in as the country's 18th leader in February 2013.

By law, a presidential election must be held within 60 days as the head of state is formally unseated. The election is highly likely to be set on May 9.

(Reuters)