Park Geun-hye elected first female president of South Korea

Park Geun-hye elected as new president of South Korea. Park Geun-hye elected as the first female president of South Korea.

Park Geun-hye was elected as the president of South Korea on 19 December 2012, the first woman who acquired this post and extending the conservative rule for another five years. Park Geun-hye is the daughter of longest ruling dictator of South Korea.

After the counting of votes, it was declared by the National Election Commission that 60-year-old Park had enjoyed clear victory with 51.64 percent votes in comparison to 47.93 percent votes for Moon Jae-in. Park became the first one to garner more than half of all votes since democratic elections began in 1987.

“I will become a president who puts people’s livelihoods before anything else,” Park told cheering crowds in central Seoul as she accepted her victory. “I will keep my promises.”

Park will take charge of her office in early February, 2013.

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