A TIMELINE OF THE LIFE AND DOWNFALL OF SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE
1974: Park's mother is killed by a pro-North Korea assassin trying to kill her father, President Park Chung-hee. Park became acting first lady.
1979: Park's father is assassinated by his disgruntled spy chief.
1998: Park becomes a member of parliament.
2004: Park becomes leader of the main conservative party which scores an upset victory in parliamentary elections.
Feb 25, 2013: Park is sworn in as the first female president of South Korea.
Oct 25, 2016: Park makes a public apology for giving a friend, Choi Soon-sil, access to draft speeches during the first months of her presidency.
Nov 20, 2016: Prosecutors indict Choi on charges of abuse of power and attempted fraud.
Dec 9, 2016: Parliament votes to impeach Park.
March 9: Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee is indicted on charges including pledging 43 billion won ($A49.5 million) in payments to Choi.
March 10: Constitutional Court upholds parliament's vote to impeach Park, 65, removing her from office.