The victory for democracy in South Korea, with the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye, might herald it’s next disaster.
There will be three crucial elections in 2017.
In France, the election of Marine Le Pen could see the country leaving the European Union, signaling the beginning of the end of the European Union.
In Germany, Angela Merkel could be ousted, and liberal democracy would lose its last hope.
In South Korea, the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye will precipitate an election. Ban Ki-moon, the outgoing Secretary-General of the United Nations has ambitions to replace her.
The end of Kofi Annan’s tenure as Secretary-General was tainted by the oil for food scandal in Iraq. Annan instigated an investigation which culminated in the Volcker report making recommendations to ensure that the identified corruption at the United Nations could not happen again.
Part of this was the establishment of the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) that reported directly to the Secretary-General. Ban tried to shut it down, and severely hampered the operation.
In 2010, the head of OIOS wrote a scathing 50 page memorandum to Ban, in which she accused him of undermining the office. In it she makes clear that he was also working against the specific direction of the USG through his efforts. There is a covering memorandum sets out her complaints.
The OIOS is the internal office that is quoted as being so ineffective in investigating the incidents that happened in Kosovo and Bosnia. The memorandum explains why that was the case, and that Ban is directly implicated.
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South Korea’s parliament votes to impeach President Park Geun-hye