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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:19 AM

Park set to win South Korean presidential election

Source: Reuters

The daughter of a former military ruler took a commanding lead in South Korea's presidential election on Wednesday, putting her on track to become the country's first woman head of state.

A win for 60-year old conservative Park Geun-hye would see her return to the presidential palace where she served as her father's first lady in the 1970s, after Park's mother was assassinated by a North Korean-backed gunman.

With more than 70 percent of the votes counted, Park led with 51.6 percent to 48 percent for her left-wing challenger, human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in.

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Park will take office for a mandatory single, five-year term in February and will face an immediate challenge from a hostile North Korea and have to deal with an economy in which annual growth rates have fallen to about 2 percent from an average of 5.5 percent in the past 50 years.

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The legacy of her father, Park Chung-hee, who ruled for 18 years and transformed the country from the ruins of the 1950-53 Korean War into an industrial power-house still divides Koreans.

For many conservatives, he is South Korea's greatest president and the election of his daughter would vindicate his rule. His opponents dub him a "dictator" who trampled on human rights and stifled dissent.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/south-korea-votes-tight-race-economy-jobs-022311957--business.html;_ylt=AuNTnlLx.ZxgMi.LOfxv3OpvaA8F;_ylu=X3oDMTNuZHVxc3U1BG1pdANNZWdhdHJvbiBXb3JsZARwa2cDNDI1ODQxZWUtYTVjYi0zMzI3LTlkMzItMjk3NTgxMThiMTcwBHBvcwMxBHNlYwNtZWdhdHJvbg



The dictator's daughter won the South Korean Presidential election. Her nickname is appropriately "Princess Park".

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davidpdx Dec 2012 #1
onehandle Dec 2012 #2
UndahCovah Dec 2012 #3
antigop_1980cali Dec 2012 #4
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hrmjustin Dec 2012 #6
DonCoquixote Dec 2012 #7
antigop_1980cali Dec 2012 #8
davidpdx Dec 2012 #9

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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 09:30 AM

1. Presidential election turnout at 75.8%

Voter turnout in Wednesday's presidential election was 75.8%, the high interest Koreans have in the close race, according to the state election agency. About 26.4 million out of a total 40.5 million eligible voters have cast their ballots since voting began at 6 am at 13,542 polling stations nationwide, the National Election Commission (NEC) said

http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2012/12/608_127229.html

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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:41 AM

2. South Korea is moving towards being a Corporate Fascist State.

I want to see us stepping away from them.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 11:48 AM

3. We need to work with them to curtail NK. nt

 

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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 12:20 PM

5. I concur

 

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Response to antigop_1980cali (Reply #5)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 01:09 PM

6. Welcome to DU and I hope you enjoy the site.

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Response to onehandle (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 19, 2012, 06:52 PM

7. son that NK can finally kill them off

right?

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Wed Dec 19, 2012, 08:21 PM

9. With the Chebols in charge of most everything, yes that is correct

I read somewhere (I can't remember where that was now) that most of the families who own Chebols have a family member in government as well. A huge conflict of interest.

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