Korea's Presidential Hopefuls Calmly Await Outcome of President Park's Impeachment Trial
SEOUL, March 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's presidential hopefuls from the liberal bloc kept a low profile Friday as the Constitutional Court is set to deliver its historic ruling on the ouster of President Park Geun-hye later in the day.
Moon Jae-in, a former head of the Democratic Party who has been cited as a prominent potential candidate, did not make any plans Friday. He is expected to carefully watch the ruling, which will be announced after 11:00 a.m.
South Chungcheong Gov. An Hee-jung and Seongnam Mayor Lee Jae-myung, both from the Democratic Party, will also stay in their respective offices, awaiting the result.
Rep. Ahn Cheol-soo from the People's Party will visit the National Council of Churches in Korea in the morning and return to the parliament to watch the live broadcast of the ruling with other lawmakers.
The court is set to determine the fate of Park, who was impeached by parliament in December over a corruption scandal.
If the court upholds the impeachment, Park will be removed from office permanently, and the country will need to elect a new leader within 60 days. In case of the opposite decision, she will immediately return to duty.
According to the poll conducted by Realmeter this week, Moon posted an approval rating of 36.1 percent, beating all other contenders. An and Lee posted 12.9 percent and 10.5 percent, respectively. Ahn's approval rating came to 9.9 percent, the data also showed.'