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South Korea Park's lawyers say no legal grounds for impeachment

South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during an emergency cabinet meeting at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, December 9, 2016. Yonhap/ via REUTERS

SEOUL (Reuters) - The impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye by parliament has no legal basis and should be struck down by the Constitutional Court, lawyers representing the embattled leader engulfed in a corruption scandal said on Friday.

Park is unlikely to appear in the Constitutional Court for hearings, one of her lawyers told reporters. Parliament passed an impeachment vote on Dec. 9 and her powers have been suspended until the court reviews and rules on the motion, which can take up to 180 days.

Reporting by Christine Kim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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