A Risky Game to Play

HeeMin Kim

in Korean Democracy in Transition

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813129945
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135748 | DOI:
A Risky Game to Play

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This chapter discusses why the presidential impeachment took place in 2004 when the choices made appeared to be irrational to most observers of Korean politics. It describes the historical events that led to and included the impeachment vote in the Korean national assembly in 2004, before moving on to the two political events that followed the impeachment. It then evaluates the decisions made by both the president and the national assembly opposition.

Keywords: presidential impeachment; 2004; Korean politics; impeachment vote; Korean national assembly; national assembly opposition

Chapter.  4657 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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