Impeachment trial ruling expected early March

The Constitutional Court set Feb. 24 as the final date of the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye, Thursday.

Acting court President Lee Jung-mi said the judges would hear closing arguments from both the National Assembly prosecutorial panel and defense attorneys representing Park.

"Both sides are to submit written arguments on Feb. 23 and prepare for closing arguments the next day," Lee said.

The court decision is expected around March 10, given that it takes up to 14 days for deliberation. The schedule for an early presidential election and other necessary political events will follow afterward if the impeachment is upheld.

Park's defense attorneys vehemently opposed the court's plan, saying it puts them under a severe time constraint.

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