Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, Dec 9, 2016

In response to an influence-peddling scandal, South Korea's National Assembly on Thursday (Dec 8) introduced an impeachment motion that could remove President Park Geun Hye from office as early as today (Dec 9).
In response to an influence-peddling scandal, South Korea's National Assembly on Thursday (Dec 8) introduced an impeachment motion that could remove President Park Geun Hye from office as early as today (Dec 9).PHOTO: AFP

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday (Dec 9) and which we think you'd be interested in.

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SOUTH KOREA'S PRESIDENT PARK GEUN HYE WILL ACCEPT IMPEACHMENT RESULT

In South Korea, an opposition-sponsored impeachment motion against President Park Geun Hye is almost certain to be adopted by the National Assembly today (Dec 9), with some 30 rebel MPs from Ms Park's Saenuri party saying they will vote in favour of the motion. 

The President had said that she would accept the result of the looming and possibly lengthy impeachment process, but has defied pressure to resign immediately. 

The motion is seen as the first step toward forcing Ms Park out of office over her role in an influence-peddling scandal.

TEOCHEW FESTIVAL LAUNCH TODAY


The Teochew Festival, which is in its second edition, will be held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1 Hall A from Dec 9 - 18, 2016. PHOTO: ST

A festival that celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the Teochews in Singapore will be launched today (Dec 9). 

Held at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre, the festival will feature more than 30 vendors.

Highlights include artefacts that illustrate how early Teochew migrants communicated with their families in China, as well as live demonstrations by  craftsmen.

CHINA SET TO RELEASE INFLATION DATA


Customers shop at a supermarket in Shanghai. PHOTO: REUTERS

China is set to release its inflation data today (Dec 9) with producer and consumer price index figures expected to rise.

Producer prices rose 1.2 per cent in October from a year earlier, with analysts expecting them to have almost doubled to 2.3 per cent last month. Consumer prices also rose 2.1 per cent in October year on year, in line with market expectations – the highest inflation rate since April.