Friday, March 10, 2017

Korean "Princess" Loses "Throne"

Agence France-Presse reports South Korea has impeached and removed from office its elected President, Park Geun-hye. The daughter of former dictator Park Chung-hee, she basically grew up in what is now the President's residence, the Blue House. The story runs at Asia Times, linked by RealClearWorld.

A lonely figure who never married, President Park leaned on a gal pal confidant who proved to be seriously corrupt. She ended up tarred with the same brush. 

Given the craziness going on in North Korea, this isn't a great time for political upheaval in South Korea. One hopes democratic institutions in South Korea are strong enough to withstand the challenge.

Afterthought: What is the story with dynastic politics in the Koreas? North Korea is notorious for it. Is it Confucian? Tribal? This story at Foreign Affairs may hold some clues.