Skip to comments.South Korea Elects First Female President: Park Geun-hye
Posted on 12/20/2012 7:21:14 PM PST by SeekAndFind
South Korea Elects First Female President: Park Geun-hye.
Park Geun-hye is headed back to the Blue House. On Wednesday, South Koreans chose the daughter of South Koreas Cold War strongman Park Chung-hee as the countrys next President. Park, the 60-year-old leader of the conservative Saenuri Party, defeated 59-year-old liberal challenger Moon Jae-in once jailed for opposing her fathers rule by a margin of about 3.5%. She will now move back to the presidential residence where she lived as a child and where she served as de facto First Lady after her mothers death. Park has spent much of her life in her fathers shadow. Now, as the countrys first female President, she will need to chart her own course.
Moving forward wont be easy. When outsiders think of Korea, they think of a divided peninsula, with the 38th parallel separating the totalitarian North from the democratic South. But South Korea itself is split. This years closely fought presidential race showed that South Koreans disagree not only about the future but also about the past. As the daughter of the most influential leader in her countrys modern history, Park Geun-hye is at the heart of that debate.
To her supporters, Park Geun-hye is a symbol of stability. After seizing power in a 1961 military coup, her father, General Park Chung-hee, made economic growth a national priority, picking promising industries and using them to export the country out of poverty. He put development first, urging his countrymen to fight while working. That relentless work ethic helped the country become a global economic player.
When First Lady Yuk Young-soo was killed in a botched attack on Park Sr. in 1974, Park Geun-hye stepped in as the acting First Lady.
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To show that she appreciates the USA, she needs to smack down PSY and tell Obama, that is how it is done! Sucka!
Barak Obama, USA.
oh, you were not including Hermaphrodites....
I remember the assassination of the first lady, I was a young army journalist in Seoul in 1974. It was a scary time as the country went on high alert. She left behind very young children. Her daughter took over her mothers duties, that I remember. Amazing times as this daughter is now President.
RE: I remember the assassination of the first lady,
The intent was to assassinate the President ( the current President’s father ), his wife was wounded in that attempt and died soon after.
Park Chung Hee was assassinated ( successfully ) 5 years later.
So, Despite surviving two assassination attempts by agents of North Korea, Park was assassinated on October 26, 1979 by the chief of his own security services.
He ruled South Korea with an iron hand for 18 years.
Meanwhile the MSM will only want to compare her to her dad
Interesting indeed...I don’t think the gender was an issue in the Korean election. I have to say that women in Korea still suffer considerable discrimination. They face worse conditions than their counterparts in USA and Europe...
Park didn’t campaign as a “feminist”...
She has no problem with engaging in talks with North Korea...Mr. Moon, her opponent, supported giving aid to North Korea without too many conditions attached...Ms. Park does not go that far...
Park visited North Korea many years ago and met Kim Jung Il...
A president’s daughter becomes a president herself...Could that happen in US?
Let’s name some daughters of US Presidents...Barbara and Jenna Bush...Chelsea Clinton...Patty Davis...Amy Carter...Caroline Kennedy...Obama daughters...
I don’t see a First Daughter becoming a president any time soon...
I guess Korean voters had trouble telling the guys running against her apart ...
Ms. Park can take on a lot of men in Korea in a test of endurance.
She is known to do two handed push ups with just 3 fingers (not a joke).
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