SEOUL -- The South Korean public has finally succeeded in removing President Park Geun-hye from office, with its outrage pushing prosecutors and even the country's highest court to join the effort. At the root of this populist movement is the nation's extreme meritocracy that has pitted ordinary citizens against the privileged few.
The Constitutional Court on Friday concluded that Park violated the constitution by allowing friend Choi Soon-sil to meddle in state affairs for her own gain, upholding the National Assembly's decision to impeach the president. "Her actions betrayed the people's confidence," the ruling said. This is the first time a sitting South Korean president has been forced out through an impeachment.