South Korean police have raised their alert level to the highest ahead of President Park Geun Hye's impeachment verdict today, with polls saying that most South Koreans want her out of office.
Ms Park's political fate lies in the hands of the Constitutional Court, which will announce its decision at 10am Singapore time, after three months of hearings and investigations. She was impeached by Parliament last December over a corruption and influence-peddling scandal involving a close confidante.
Analysts say the outcome is hard to predict, although public opinion leans heavily towards impeachment - recent polls show that over 70 per cent of people want her out.
Said law professor Lee Jae Min at Seoul National University: "Honestly, it can go either way. The people's reaction is well known, but this is still a legal procedure and I am not sure if all the legal issues... have been cleared for the court to rule for impeachment."
He added that the judges have to be careful because of the highly sensitive nature of the case. For Ms Park to be impeached, at least six of the court's current eight judges must support it.
If impeached, Ms Park will be stripped of her powers and booted out of office with immediate effect. She will have to vacate the presidential Blue House and perhaps return to her private residence in the upscale Gangnam district.
Professor Lee said: "She needs a reasonable amount of time, two to three days, to clear her office, pack up, and maybe to cry."
Most South Koreans want Ms Park out of office
Number of days within which a new president must be elected
A new president will be elected within 60 days. Until then, Prime Minister Hwang Kyo Ahn is expected to continue as acting president.
Pundits have already thrown up an election date - May 9, exactly 60 days from today. According to the latest opinion polls, presidential hopeful Moon Jae In, former chairman of the opposition Democratic Party, still has a strong lead.
But Ms Park, who has denied all wrongdoing, is not expected to leave the Blue House without a fight. Questions remain over whether she will be formally charged with bribery and abuse of power, among others, after losing immunity from indictment.
An impeached president will also lose privileges given to former heads of state, including a lifetime pension, a driver, three assistants, and free medical service.
Prof Lee said it is unlikely that prosecutors will press criminal charges against Ms Park, although the opposition may continue to demand it for political reasons.
"In the minds of the Korean public, impeachment is almost like a death penalty for any president, and that is sufficient," he added.
If the court rules against impeachment, Ms Park's suspended powers will be restored immediately - and she will find many urgent issues awaiting her attention, including China's retaliation to the deployment of an American missile shield.
Whatever the outcome, protests are likely to continue. Park supporters, especially, have swelled in numbers to rival anti-Park protesters.