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Park Chung-Hee

South Korea swears in first female president, Park Geun-hye

Taking the oath of office in front of 70,000 people gathered in front of the National Assembly building in Seoul, Park Geun-hye called on North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions and rejoin the international community.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Ghosts of presidents past haunt South Korea vote

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 Korean artist may face suit for political spoof work

South Korea's ruling party has threatened to sue an artist who painted its presidential candidate giving birth to her father, former dictator Park Chung-hee, likening the work to Nazi propaganda.

The painting by left-wing artist Hong Sung-dam is being shown as part of an exhibition in Seoul that offers a critical perspective on Park's 1961-79 military rule.

21 Nov 2012 - 2:59am

S Korea dictator’s daughter apologises for abuses

The ruling party candidate in South Korea’s presidential election offered her apologies on Monday to victims of the repressive rule of her late father, military strongman Park Chung-Hee.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

People power the key

The mayor of Seoul, Park Won-soon, may look like an ordinary citizen with an ordinary face and an ordinary haircut, but he is no ordinary government official.

25 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Seoul leader's HK trip a study of contrasts

Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon sought to keep things frugal during his recent two-day trip to Hong Kong - in contrast to Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, who has recently come under fire for luxury hotel stays and trips.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Seoul survivor

He was once despatched to assassinate a South Korean president, but Kim Shin-jo was delighted at last week's inauguration of conservative Lee Myung-bak in Seoul. 'There has been something wrong in our society,' Mr Kim, 67, said of the past 10 years of liberal rule in Seoul. 'I believe Lee will defend freedom.'

5 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

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