Timeline: South Korea's impeached President Park Geun-hye

SEOUL (Reuters) - Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye was waiting on Thursday for a court’s decision on whether she will be arrested in a corruption scandal that has cost her the presidency and gripped the country.

South Korea's ousted leader Park Geun-hye looks out from a vehicle as she leaves her private house in Seoul, South Korea March 30, 2017. Lim Heon-jeong/Yonhap via REUTERS

Park, 65, became the country’s first democratically elected leader to be ousted from office when the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary impeachment vote on March 10. A presidential election will be held on May 9.

Following is a timeline of the main developments in the scandal and events in her life and political career.

1952: Park is born in Daegu, 280 km (170 miles) southeast of Seoul

1974: Park’s mother is killed by a bullet fired by a pro-North Korea assassin trying to kill her father, President Park Chung-hee. Park became acting first lady.

1979: Park’s father is assassinated by his disgruntled spy chief.

1998: Park returns to political life after years of seclusion. She becomes a member of parliament with a vow to save the country as it suffers through the Asian financial crisis.

2004: Park becomes leader of the main conservative party, which scores an upset victory in parliamentary elections.

2006: An assailant slashes Park’s cheek with a knife during an election rally.

Dec 2012: Park defeats liberal opponent Moon Jae-in to be elected president.

Feb 25, 2013: Park is sworn in as the first female president of South Korea, promising an era of hope.

April 16, 2014: The Sewol ferry sinks with the death of 304 people, most of them school children. The toll is attributed to the Park government’s failure to act quickly.

Oct 25, 2016: Park makes her first public apology for giving a friend, Choi Soon-sil, access to draft speeches during the first months of her presidency.

Oct 31, 2016: State prosecutors arrest Choi on suspicion of exerting inappropriate influence over state affairs.

Nov 4, 2016: Park makes her second televised apology, saying she would take responsibility if found guilty.

Nov 20, 2016: Prosecutors indict Choi on charges of abuse of power and attempted fraud.

Nov 29, 2016: In her third televised apology, Park asks parliament to decide how and when she could give up power because of the scandal.

Dec 9, 2016: Parliament votes to impeach Park. She is stripped of powers while awaiting a court decision on the vote. Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn becomes acting president.

Jan 1, 2017: Park denies wrongdoing, calling accusations “fabrication and falsehood”.

Feb 17: Samsung Group chief Jay Y. Lee arrested for suspected role in the scandal.

Feb 28: Special prosecutor indicts Lee and other company executives for bribery and embezzlement.

March 6: The special prosecutor says Park colluded with Choi to take bribes from the Samsung Group, paving the way for her to be prosecuted if she is ousted from office.

March 9: Lee’s trial begins on charges of bribery and embezzlement. He was indicted on charges including pledging 43 billion won ($37.24 million) in payments to Choi.

March 10: Constitutional Court upholds parliament’s vote to impeach Park, removing her from office.

March 21: Park appears at prosecutors’ office as a suspect to answer questions over suspected bribery and abuse of power.

March 30: Park attends a court hearing that will decide if she should be arrested on charges including bribery.

(This timeline has been refiled to corrects spelling of Daegu in paragraph 4)

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Robert Birsel and Paul Tait