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A bad week for ... , December 23, 2012

Mayan ruins. Photo: AFP

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Sunday, 23 December, 2012, 2:02am

South Korea on track to elect first female president

Confucian scholars, wearing traditional attire, and their family members cast their ballots in Nonsan, South Korea. Photo: AP

South Korea appeared to have elected its first female president on Wednesday, as national TV predicted a clear victory for conservative Park Geun-hye, daughter of the country’s former dictator.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

South Koreans head to ballot box to elect new president

Moon Jae-in’s rival, Park Geun-hye, of the ruling Saenuri Party and the daughter of the military dictator General Park Chung-hee, spent her last day of campaigning at a rally in Busan, 420 kilometres south of the capital. Photo: Reuters

Just days after the return of the hawkish Shinzo Abe to power in Japan, South Koreans today head to the ballot box to elect their new president.

19 Dec 2012 - 4:23am

Ghosts of presidents past haunt South Korea vote

Park Geun-hye (left), the ruling Saenuri Party's candidate, and Moon Jae-in of the opposition Democratic United Party. Photos: EPA and AFP

South Koreans choose a new leader on Wednesday in an election shadowed by the ghosts of two dead presidents – Park Chung-hee and Roh Moo-hyun.

18 Dec 2012 - 12:42pm

South Korea’s far-left presidential candidate quits

Lee Jung-hee. Photo: EPA

The presidential candidate from South Korea’s far-left party quit on Sunday in an attempt to unify left-leaning voters against the conservative front-runner in an increasingly tight race.

Lee Jung-hee from the United Progressive Party bowed out three days before the December 19 poll in what she called a move to prevent the ruling conservative party candidate from winning.

16 Dec 2012 - 5:02pm

No-hoper steals South Korean presidential debate

South Korea's presidential candidate Lee Jung-hee, of opposition Unified Progressive Party, prepares for a televised debate with other two candidates on Tuesday. Photo: AP

A far-left candidate polling at around one per cent in South Korea’s presidential candidate stole the campaign’s first TV debate with a scathing attack on conservative front-runner Park Geun-hye.

5 Dec 2012 - 3:59pm 1 comment

South Korea’s Park, Moon register for election after Ahn quits

“If I fail to win the people’s trust in this presidential election, I’ll wrap up my journey as a politician,” candidate Park Geun-hye said in a televised speech on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Nominees from South Korea’s ruling and opposition parties registered candidacies for next month’s presidential election, squaring off after an independent withdrew from the race and endorsed the opposition.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

In Korea, who will take on Park?

Who will take on Park Geun-hye on December 19?

The decision by South Korea's two left-leaning presidential candidates to merge their campaigns to avoid splitting their vote was a no-brainer if they are to have any chance of defeating conservative candidate Park Geun-hye, daughter of former president Park Chung-hee, the father of the country's economic growth. A harder decision comes next.

10 Nov 2012 - 12:56am

S Korea presidential hopefuls discuss united candidacy

Moon Jae-in (left), the presidential contender of the Democratic United Party, shakes hands with independent hopeful Ahn Cheol-soo on Tuesday. Photo: EPA

South Korea’s two left-leaning presidential hopefuls held merger talks on Tuesday on picking a single candidate to challenge conservative front-runner Park Geun-hye in an increasingly tight race.

6 Nov 2012 - 6:25pm