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A Bad Year for Dynasties

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s impeachment caps a year in which famous political families, from the Clintons to the Kirchners, have seen their fortunes sink.
Source: Reuters

Three-hundred and sixty-four days ago, on December 10, 2015, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner departed the Casa Rosada. A Kirchnerite candidate seeking to succeed her had lost the presidential election, and several months later Kirchner herself would be indicted for financial chicanery. Her fall from grace kicked off what has been an awful year for some of the world’s most prominent dynasties, culminating in the impeachment on Friday of President Park Geun-hye of South Korea.

There has been no shortage of commentary on the extent to which the last year has witnessed repudiations of the establishment, from Brexit to the FARC deal to Trump to Italy

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