PARK GEUN-HYE’S TIME­LINE

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Key mo­ments in the life of ousted South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye.

Feb. 2, 1952: Park is born as the el­dest child of Park Chung-hee and Yuk Young-soo.

1963: Park moves to the pres­i­den­tial Blue House when her fa­ther be­comes pres­i­dent, two years after he staged a coup and took con­trol of the coun­try.

1974: Park’s mother is shot and killed by a Korean res­i­dent of Ja­pan who claims he acted un­der or­ders from North Korea. Park Geun-hye is rushed home from Paris, where she had been study­ing, and be­gins serv­ing as act­ing first lady.

1979: Park Chung-hee is as­sas­si­nated by his Korean Cen­tral In­tel­li­gence Agency chief, Kim Jae-kyu, dur­ing a late-night drink­ing party. After her fa­ther’s state funeral, Park Geun-hye leaves the Blue House.

1998: After years of avoid­ing the public eye, Park en­ters pol­i­tics and wins a par­lia­men­tary seat amid public nos­tal­gia for her fa­ther that arose while South Korea was bat­tered by the Asian fi­nan­cial cri­sis. She be­comes an iconic fig­ure of South Korean con­ser­va­tives.

2012: Park wins the pres­i­dency, de­feat­ing her main lib­eral ri­val, Moon Jae-in.

Dec. 9, 2016: Park is im­peached by the lib­er­alc-on­trolled par­lia­ment over al­le­ga­tions that she col­luded with her long­time friend, Choi Soon-sil, to ex­tort money from busi­nesses and let Choi pull govern­ment strings, though she has never held a govern­ment post.

Fri­day: Park is for­mally re­moved from of­fice after the Con­sti­tu­tional Court up­holds her im­peach­ment.

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