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Geun-hye leaves South Korea presidential palace

Judges upheld parliament's decision to impeach her on Friday.

Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye has left the Blue House presidential palace two days after judges upheld parliament’s decision to impeach her.

Geun-hye arrived at her home in southern Seoul to a group of waving supporters chanting “Park-Geun-Hye – Pres-i-dent,” per NPR Asia correspondent Elise Hu.

A spokesperson for Geun-hye released the following statement from her:

The impeachment follows her involvement in a corruption scandal with close friend Choi Soon-sil. Geun-hye’s been accused of allowing Soon-sil to extort money from companies in return for political favors.

Supporters on both sides held rallies in Seoul Saturday.

Hwang Kyo-ahn, who’s loyal to Geun-hye, has been appointed as acting president.

According to the country’s election commission, a “free and fair” election will be held by May 9.

Democratic party candidate Moon Jae-in warned that Geun-hye “must not destroy or take the national records” outside the Blue House.

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