Cabinet will stabilise country after Park Geun Hye's impeachment: Acting President

Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn salutes the national flag during a Cabinet meeting in Seoul on March 7, 2017.
Acting President Hwang Kyo Ahn salutes the national flag during a Cabinet meeting in Seoul on March 7, 2017. PHOTO: EPA

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's acting president said on Friday (March 10) that the Cabinet would stabilise the country to prevent internal conflict from intensifying.

He was speaking hours after a Constitutional Court decision to uphold a parliamentary impeachment vote and remove President Park Geun Hye from office sparked violent protests.

"I respect the Constitutional Court's decision ... The Cabinet should carry out state affairs in a stable way and manage social order to prevent internal conflict from intensifying," Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn, who became acting president in December, told a Cabinet meeting.

Mr Hwang asked relevant ministries to prepare quickly for a presidential election to be held within 60 days.