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Crowds Clash in Seoul As South Korean Court Removes President

Demonstrators for and against President Park Geun-hye took to the capital as the Constitutional Court announced the president's removal.

Protesters react after hearing the Constitutional Court's verdict during a rally calling for the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the court in Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2017.

In a historic ruling Friday, South Korea's Constitutional Court formally removed impeached President Park Geun-hye from office over a corruption scandal that has plunged the country into political turmoil, worsened an already-serious national divide and led to calls for sweeping reforms.

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South Koreans cheer after the court's ruling on the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye near the Constitutional Court. Jeon Heon-Kyun / EPA
A South Korean man reads an extra edition newspaper reporting on the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye. Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images
Supporters of the president cry during a rally opposing her impeachment-- the first in South Korea's history. Ahn Young-joon / AP

South Koreans celebrate after hearing the Constitutional Court's verdict.

Now that President Park Geun-hye will be permanently removed from office, the nation will need to hold a presidential election within 60 days. Park was first impeached by parliament in December for allegedly letting her confidante Choi Soon-sil get involved in state affairs and colluding to take bribes of millions of dollars from South Korean conglomerates.

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A supporter of the impeached president reacts after hearing the court's ruling. Jung Ui-Chel / EPA
A supporter of the South Korean president cries during a rally opposing her impeachment. Ahn Young-joon / AP
Supporters of the president clash with police as they attempt to pass the barricade of police buses towards the Constitutional Court in protest after the court's ruling. Jeon Heon-Kyun / EPA
Supporters of Park Geun-hye clash with police after the announcement of the Constitutional Court. The rival crowds outside South Korea's court show the opposing passions and generational splits over the country's sweeping political scandal. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP - Getty Images
Supporters of the president react during a rally opposing her impeachment near the Constitutional Court in Seoul. Ahn Young-joon / AP
A supporter of the former president lies in front of a barricade of riot police during a protest after Park's impeachment was accepted. Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters
Supporters of the president are blocked by police officers as they march toward the Constitutional Court. Ahn Young-joon / AP
Supporters of Park Geun-hye clash with police. Jung Yeon-Je / AFP - Getty Images

An unidentified supporter of the impeached president lies on the ground in a pool of blood as protesters attempted to pass a barricade set up by the police, preventing access to the Constitutional Court following the court's ruling.

The man reportedly died after he was hit by police loudspeakers that were shattered by protesters. According to police reports, two people died during the protests.

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Supporters of South Korean President Park Geun-hye shout slogans during a rally opposing her impeachment. Ahn Young-joon / AP
A supporter of impeached President Park Geun-hye is wheeled on a stretcher. Kim Hong-Ji / Reuters
A supporter of the South Korean president looks at a police bus during a protest against the court's ruling. Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

Protesters shout slogans during a rally calling for impeached President Park Geun-hye's arrest.

Read: South Korea’s President Removed From Power After Impeachment

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