South Korea elects first female president..keeping it in the family
SOUTH Korea has elected its first female president, with voters handing a historic victory to conservative candidate Park Geun-Hye, daughter of the country’s former military ruler.
As leader of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, Ms Park, 60, will face numerous challenges, handling a belligerent North Korea, a slowing economy and soaring welfare costs in one of the world’s most rapidly ageing societies.
The National Election Commission said that Ms Park, from the ruling New Frontier Party, had secured the necessary votes to beat liberal rival Moon Jae-In of the main opposition party, according to Yonhap news agency.
With more than 99.3 per cent of the vote counted, Ms Park had secured 51.6 percent against Mr Moon’s 48 per cent, the report said.
The election was largely fought on domestic economic issues, with both candidates offering similar policies as they went in search of centrist voters beyond their traditional bases.
To some extent Wednesday’s election was seen as a referendum on the legacy of Park’s father, Park Chung-Hee.
More than three decades after he was assassinated, Ms Park remains one of modern Korea’s most polarising figures — admired for dragging the country out of poverty and reviled for his ruthless suppression of dissent during 18 years of military rule.
He was shot dead by his spy chief in 1979. Ms Park’s mother had been killed five years earlier by a pro-North Korea gunman aiming for her father.
In an effort at reconciliation, Ms Park had publicly acknowledged the excesses of her father’s regime during her campaign and apologised to the families of its victims.
“I believe that it is an unchanging value of democracy that ends cannot justify the means in politics,” she said.
Despite freezing temperatures that hovered around minus 10 degrees Celsius, the election was marked by a high turnout of nearly 76 per cent, compared with 63 per cent in the 2007 presidential poll.
they never stray to far away do they..
she has history of course..her dad ran the show year ago as a military ruler..and then she was a first lady when her mum was killed..so shes essentially back in the chair..small incestuous groups of selected people run the countries of the world..