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SEOUL Dec 9 The South Korean won and
shares ended lower on Friday as a cautious mood swept financial
markets as lawmakers began voting in a motion to impeach
President Park Geun-hye over an influence peddling scandal.
The won was quoted at 1,165.9 to the dollar at
the conclusion of onshore trade, down 0.64 percent versus
Thursday's close of 1,158.5.
The Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) closed
down 0.31 percent at 2,024.69 points, pulling back from more
than a 6-week high a day earlier.
Parliament is expected to vote in favour of impeaching Park
over an influence peddling scandal, but the Constitutional Court
must uphold the motion for her to be removed from office, a
process that could take up to 180 days.
(Reporting by Cynthia Kim; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)