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The Wall Street Journal: South Korea’s president likely to be impeached in Friday vote

SEOUL — South Korean President Park Geun-hye is widely expected to be impeached by lawmakers on Friday amid the country’s biggest political scandal in a generation, raising the prospect of early elections in Asia’s fourth-largest economy.

The 300-member National Assembly’s 171 opposition and independent lawmakers are all expected to vote for impeachment at a plenary session. Some political analysts said they expect them to be joined by at least 29 members of Park’s ruling party after its leaders said that they would allow members of their caucus to vote their conscience in the secret ballot.

Who Is Park Geun-Hye?

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A political scandal linking South Korea’s President Park Geun-Hye to a charismatic cult leader and his daughter has prompted hundreds of thousands to demonstrate in the streets.

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