South Korea's parliament voted on Friday to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal, suspending her powers.
But with nothing officially to do, it's uncertain how she'll spend her days during the up-to-six months the country's Constitutional Court has to decide whether to accept the impeachment and formally end her presidency. Her longtime confidant Choi Soon-sil - a woman who had no official role in the government - remains in jail on a variety of charges related to allegations that she accessed classified material and used her influence to extort donations from large business conglomerates. She has denied wrongdoing but acknowledged carelessness in her ties with her friend, who has already been indicted.
President Park Geun-hye speaks at a Cabinet meeting at Cheong Wa Dae on Friday after the passage of a bill to impeach her.
The Constitutional Court has 180 days to make a final ruling of whether her suspension will stick.
Even as her prime minister governs in her stead, Park gets to keep living at the presidential Blue House, using her official vehicle and plane, collecting the same monthly salary (about $15,000 reportedly) and receiving round-the-clock security.
Time describes Park as "loathed", with an approval rating of just 4%, having become the face of government corruption for a public sick to death of it. Protesters view her corruption scandal as "symptomatic of wider problems in South Korean society, including soaring income inequality, ingrained sexism and a lack of social mobility", in Time's view. But the impeachment led to a big public backlash, and the Constitutional Court reinstated Roh two months later.
Although Park previously made a great show of putting her fate in the hands of the National Assembly, she promptly declared she would fight impeachment in court, instead of resigning. The prime minister, whose position in government is largely ceremonial, will become the nation's acting president.
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Parliament was closed to the public on Friday on orders of the speaker, and hours ahead of the scheduled vote, anti-Park activists scuffled with police as they tried to drive two tractors up to the main gate, where more than a 1,000 protesters were gathered.
His daughter, after triumphing against her liberal opponent in the 2012 presidential election, began her single, five-year term as the standard bearer of her father's legacy.
Members of parliament voted by secret ballot with 234 in favour and 56 opposed, meaning dozens of members of Ms Park's own conservative Saenuri Party backed the motion to remove her. But her dream of extending the legacy of her father, Park Chung-hee, is ruined.
North Korea, which says it needs nuclear weapons to fight off a hostile Washington, detonated atomic devices two more times, both this year.
The two foundations were set up to back her policy initiatives.
South Korea's economic outlook is also worsening, in part because of the internal political uncertainty, as well as worry about the impact of US President-elect Donald Trump's policies on trade and foreign affairs. Encouraged by President Obama, Park's administration has also sought improved ties with stalwart US ally Japan, a bitter South Korean enemy in past decades because of Japan's wartime occupation of Korea.