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S. Korea: With Majority Victory, Park to Become Nation's First Female President
Source: world.kbs.co.kr
Source Date: Thursday, December 20, 2012
Focus: Health
Country: Korea (Republic of)
Created: Dec 25, 2012

Anchor: Park Geun-hye will become South Korea's first female president. Park won more than 50 percent of the vote in the election Wednesday, a massive showing of support that should help her govern the nation. Our Kim In-kyung has more.

Report: Park Geun-hye's election will open a new era in South Korean politics as a female will be holding the nation's top leadership post.

Park has promised "motherly" leadership, and during the run-up to the election, she said she would unite public sentiment and usher in a new era of happiness.

Park's election was the first in which the successful candidate won at least 50 percent of the vote since 1987 when a direct presidential election system was introduced.

She beat rival Moon Jae-in in all areas, excluding Seoul and the Jeolla region, realizing her goal of achieving grand national unity.

However, she will be faced with the task of having to integrate a deeply polarized nation of conservatives and progressives. This year's election was unprecedented in recent Korean history as there were two strong candidates instead of three, a situation which acted to divide the nation.

Park is also the first child of a former president to be elected to the presidential office. She is the eldest daughter of late president Park Chung-hee who ruled the country for 18 years.
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