South Korean Political Crisis

In a bit of regional news, South Korea was thrown into a political crisis yesterday when the National Assembly voted to impeach President Roh Moo Hyun and remove him from office for comments about an upcoming election in April. South Korean law bans all electioneering until 17 days before an election, so technically Mr. Roh broke the law by saying he was looking forward to the elections on April 15 and the encouraging the presence of opposition parties on the ballot.

Massive protests were held in Seoul on Friday night and again on Saturday. Polls indicate 70% of South Korea’s population disagrees with the National Assembly’s move against him, with many complaining of a coup d’etat by the main opposition parties.