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South Korea lawmakers vote to impeach minister over Halloween crush

Lee Sang-min under fire for his handling of tragedy in which 159 were killed

South Korean Interior and Safety Minister Lee Sang-min faces criticism for the way he dealt with the Oct. 29 stampede that killed 159 people.   © AP

SEOUL (Reuters) -- South Korean lawmakers voted on Wednesday to impeach the interior minister over his responses to a deadly Halloween crush, setting the stage for him to become the first cabinet member ousted by the legislature.

As many as 159 people were killed and 196 injured in the Oct. 29 incident, when revellers flooded narrow alleyways in the popular nightlife district of Itaewon to enjoy the first coronavirus mask-free Halloween festivities in three years.

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