Constitutional Court to Start Official Review of President Park's Impeachment Next Week

Constitutional Court to Start Official Review of President Park's Impeachment Next Week

SEOUL, Dec. 26 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Constitutional Court said Monday it will start the official review of the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye next week.

   The National Assembly voted on Dec. 9 to oust Park from office over a corruption and influence-peddling scandal involving her and her longtime confidante Choi Soon-sil.

   The top court said its preparation procedure will be complete this week after it receives the results of the prosecution's investigation into the case.

   The court has around six months to come up with a final ruling. If her impeachment is confirmed, South Korea has to hold a presidential election within 60 days.

   South Korean prosecutors, meanwhile, said they will hand over documents related to the investigation into the president to the Constitutional Court, which is expected to speed up the impeachment review process.

   The Constitutional Court had been facing hurdles in acquiring prosecutors' documents, amid legal debate on the legitimacy of the top court to request files on ongoing cases.

   An official from the court said it has sent people to the prosecutors' Seoul-based headquarter to receive the documents estimated to weigh a ton.

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