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ICYMI there are massive protests in South Korea right now

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Thousands of demonstrators in Seoul have been marching in candlelit protests against the president of South Korea, Park Geun-hye.

Event organisers estimated 20,000 protesters were demanding the resignation of the president in protests on Saturday, after she ordered ten of her senior advisers to quit, following her admission she had allowed an old friend to edit political speeches.

Police put the number at 8,000.

Choi Soon-sil, a long-time friend of the president, has been accused of interfering in state affairs and peddling her interest in government business despite having no security clearance.

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On Saturday, prosecutors raided the homes of several presidential aides, seizing computers and files belonging to officials suspected of being Ms Choi's accomplices.

Opposition politician Jae-myung Lee accused the president of having:

lost her authority as president. She doesn't have the basic qualities to govern a country.

Park Guen-hye's televised apology last week sparked widespread accusations of mismanagement and calls for her resignation.

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Ms Park became the first woman to lead South Kore following the 2012 presidential elections, and faces reelection next year.

HT BBC

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