December 2016: South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of December 2016.
1. French President Hollande Won't Seek Reelection 2. Sexual Abuse Scandal Strikes English Soccer 3. Italian Prime Minister Renzi Resigns 4. South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park 5. Kurdish Militants Kill Dozens in Istanbul 6. ISIS Recaptures Palmyra 7. Coptic Christians Targeted in Cairo 8. Boeing Lands First Post-Sanctions Deal with Iran 9. Canadian Actor Alan Thicke Dies 10. Aleppo Back in Government Hands 11. Russian Ambassador Assassinated in Turkey 12. ISIS Strikes Christmas Market in Berlin 13. IMF Head Christine Lagarde Found Guilty 14. Explosions Level Mexican Fireworks Market 15. Singer George Michael Dies 16. New Syrian Cease-Fire
- South Korean Lawmakers Vote to Impeach President Park
- On Dec. 9, 2016, South Korean lawmakers vote to impeach President Park Geun-hye, the first female president of South Korea. The decision comes after allegations of corruption surfaced in October that President Park had been significantly influenced by her friend Ms. Choi regarding high level government decisions. On Dec. 9, formal documents are passed to the Blue House, making Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn the official acting president; in the next few weeks, the country's Constitutional Court will rule on whether or not Park has to step down permanently.
- Photo source: AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon