(Update) Ex-S.Korean president Park leaves presidential office for private home

SEOUL-- Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Sunday left the presidential Blue House for her private home in southern Seoul two days after the constitutional court upheld her impeachment.

Park came out from the residence inside the Blue House at about 7 p.m. local time (1000 GMT). A queue of black sedans and vans departed from the presidential office some 15 minutes later, TV footage showed.

A line of police motorcycles followed.

It was expected to take 20 to 30 minutes for Park to arrive at her private home.

Two days earlier, the constitutional court unanimously upheld the bill to impeach Park, which was passed in the parliament on Dec. 9.

Park became the first South Korean leader to be ousted through impeachment.

Park was stripped of all executive power and lost the title as head of state immediately after the ruling.

She was supposed to leave her office on Friday, but it was delayed as her private home needed renovations.

Park left no message on her removal from office, according to local media reports.

Before departing for her home, Park met with senior secretaries for the last greetings.

Without the impeachment, Park's five-year term was supposed to end in February next year. She was sworn in as the country's 18th leader in February 2013.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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