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Weeks of Fury in South Korea End in President’s Impeachment

For more than a month, hundreds of thousands of South Koreans have spilled onto the streets to demand impeachment.

South Korea's parliament voted overwhelmingly to impeach President Park Geun-hye on Friday after a huge political scandal involving a childhood friend and confidant left her isolated and loathed.

Above: Protesters celebrate news of the impeachment outside the National Assembly in Seoul on Dec. 9, 2016. 

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A lawmaker prays after voting on the impeachment bill at the National Assembly in Seoul on Dec. 9.

Park Geun-hye apologized on Friday for the political "chaos" in the country and urged the government to remain vigilant on the economy and national security.

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Protesters celebrate the impeachment outside the National Assembly on Dec. 9. 

Protesters are angered by Park's relationship with Choi Soon-sil who is accused of massive influence peddling.

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Officials and lawmakers count votes after voting on the impeachment bill at the National Assembly on Dec. 9.

Prosecutors say Park colluded in Choi Soon-sil's criminal activities to manipulate government affairs and extort businesses.

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Protesters hold signs that read "Arrest Park Geun-hye" on Dec. 9.

Park, who has immunity from prosecution in the case as long as she remains in office, has denied wrongdoing but acknowledged carelessness in her ties with her friend, who has already been indicted.

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Police officers try to drag a protesting farmer from a tractor in front of the National Assembly on Dec. 9.

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Protesters march in Seoul to demand impeachment on Dec. 3.

Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans marched in the capital for the sixth straight Saturday calling for the removal of the scandal-plagued president.

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Protesters carry posters of President Park dressed as a prisoner as they march toward the presidential house on Dec. 3.

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A protester wears a mask depicting President Park behind bars during a rally on Nov. 30. Ahn Young-joon / AP

Members of trade unions march with an effigy of President Park during a general strike calling for her to step down in Seoul on Nov. 30.

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye bows during an address to the nation at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Nov. 29.

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South Koreans rally against President Park in Seoul on Nov. 26. Kim Hee-Chul / EPA
Buddhist monks and nuns hold lanterns at a protest calling for the president to step down in Seoul on Nov. 26. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters
Candles form streams of light in a long-exposure photograph as protesters march in Seoul on Nov. 26. Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters

A woman holds a candle and a sign that reads "This is called a country?" at a protest in Seoul on Nov. 25.

Related: South Korean President Stripped of Her Powers

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