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Former South Korea President Arrested Over Corruption Allegations

Park Geun-hye, the country's first female president, was forced from office earlier this month after a corruption scandal.

Last updated on March 30, 2017, at 3:19 p.m. ET

Posted on March 26, 2017, at 11:12 p.m. ET

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South Korea's former President Park Geun-hye was arrested Friday over corruption allegations that brought an end to her presidency, local media reported.

The arrest came just days after prosecutors asked for an arrest warrant for Park. The warrant was approved Friday.

Park, the country's first female president, is facing charges of bribery, abuse of power, coercion and leaking government secrets, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. She was interviewed by prosecutors last week, and it wouldn't be the first time a South Korean president was arrested. But the political instability raises new questions for the region as North Korea continues to show aggression — and draw a reaction from US President Donald Trump.

News of the prosecutors' decision comes after Park was forced out of the presidency by a South Korean court earlier this month. She had been implicated in a corruption scandal after admitting that she allowed her mentor and the daughter of a cult leader, Choi Soon-sil, to influence her policy and speeches. Park apologized publicly, but she was still impeached.

Park's removal from leadership sparked demonstration from both supporters and opponents. Two people died in the rallies.

An election to determine her successor is expected to be held in the next few months.

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