South Korean court says no date yet for president's impeachment hearing

People chant slogans during a protest calling for South Korean President Park Geun-hye to step down in central Seoul, South Korea, December 3, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea’s Constitutional Court said on Monday no date has been set for public hearings in the case to review parliament’s impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, who has been caught up in an influence-peddling scandal.

A spokesman said the court’s nine judges met earlier on Monday to discuss the case.

The court must decide whether to uphold the impeachment the parliament voted to approve on Friday, a process that could take up to 180 days. If it is upheld, Park would be the first elected leader to be ousted from office.

Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Paul Tait