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South Korean court to rule on Park's fate on Friday

  • A supporter of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye wearing a hat with a picture of President Park, stands with a national flag in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. South Korea's highest court says it will rule this week on whether impeached President Park Geun-hye should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated to office. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A supporter of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye wearing a hat with a picture of President Park, stands with a national flag in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. South Korea's highest court says it will rule this week on whether impeached President Park Geun-hye should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated to office. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • A supporter of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye wearing a hat with a picture of President Park and wearing the South Korean flags on glasses, stands in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. South Korea's highest court says it will rule this week on whether impeached President Park Geun-hye should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated to office. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

    A supporter of impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye wearing a hat with a picture of President Park and wearing the South Korean flags on glasses, stands in front of the Constitutional Court in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 8, 2017. South Korea's highest court says it will rule this week on whether impeached President Park Geun-hye should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated to office. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2017 file photo, Protesters shout slogans during a candle light vigil calling for impeached President Park Geun-hye to step down in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's highest court said Wednesday it will rule this week on whether impeached President Park Geun-hye should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated, a decision that could radically reshape the country's political landscape. The signs read "Arrest Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2017 file photo, Protesters shout slogans during a candle light vigil calling for impeached President Park Geun-hye to step down in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's highest court said Wednesday it will rule this week on whether impeached President Park Geun-hye should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated, a decision that could radically reshape the country's political landscape. The signs read "Arrest Park Geun-hye." (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

South Korea's highest court says it will rule this week on whether impeached President Park Geun-hye should permanently step down over a corruption scandal or be reinstated to office.

The Constitutional Court said Wednesday that it will issue the ruling on Friday. If the court formally unseats Park, the country will have to hold a presidential election within 60 days.

South Korea's opposition-controlled parliament voted to impeach Park in December, following weeks of massive protests over suspicions that she conspired with a longtime confidante to extort money and favors from companies and allowed the friend to secretly manipulate state affairs.

Park has apologized for putting trust in her jailed friend, Choi Soon-sil, but has denied any legal wrongdoing.