Park Geun-Hye

Park Geun-hye is the daughter of South Korea's former dictator, the late president Park Chung-hee. On December 19, 2012, Park - a Conservative - narrowly won the election to make history as South Korea's first female president. Born on February 2, 1952, she was the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP) between 2004 and 2006 and between 2011 and 2012 (the GNP changed its name to Saenuri Party in February 2012). Park has already served as South Korea's first lady, after her mother was killed in the 1970s. 

Japanese journalist denies defaming S Korean president Park Geun-hye

Tatsuya Kato, former chief of the Seoul bureau of the Japanese mass-circulation daily Sankei Shimbun, appears at the Seoul Central District Court, South Korea. Photo: Kyodo

A trial has begun for a Japanese journalist charged with defaming South Korea's president by reporting rumours that she was absent for seven hours during the Sewol ferry disaster in April because she was with a man.

Friday, 28 November, 2014, 3:42am

Japanese journalist faces defamation charges in Seoul over ferry report

Tatsuya Kato has been banned from leaving South Korea.

South Korean prosecutors indicted a Japanese journalist on charges he defamed South Korea's president by reporting rumours she was absent for seven hours during the April ferry disaster.

9 Oct 2014 - 5:31am

Fresh blow to Park Geun-hye as South Korea PM nominee withdraws bid

Moon Chang-keuk bows during his resignation speech. Photo: AP

President Park Geun-hye's waning political fortunes suffered another blow yesterday when her second nominee for prime minister was forced to withdraw over remarks about Japanese colonial rule.

25 Jun 2014 - 2:40am

Park Geun-hye’s pick for prime minister withdraws amid ethics row

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye suffered another political setback yesterday when her choice for PM withdrew his name amid questions about the ethics of earning a large income after leaving public service.

29 May 2014 - 9:04am

Obama offers condolences for victims of South Korea ferry disaster on visit to Seoul

Obama and US officials pay a silent tribute for the victims of the South Korean ferry disaster at the presidential Bule House in Seoul. Photo: Reuters

President Barack Obama on Friday offered South Korea heartfelt condolences for its “incredible loss” as the country struggles to come to terms with the sinking of a ferry packed with schoolchildren.

25 Apr 2014 - 9:11pm

Pyongyang slams South Korean president's reunification speech

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un attends the first session of the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang on Thursday. Photo: Reuters

North Korea blasted South Korean President Park Geun-hye's proposal on laying the groundwork for reunification through economic exchanges and humanitarian aid as the "daydream of a psychopath".

13 Apr 2014 - 5:30am

North Korea slams South's president, likens her to 'blabbering peasant'

South Korean President Park Geun-hye addresses a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

North Korea issued a personal attack on South Korean President Park Geun-hye yesterday, accusing her of breaking a moratorium on cross-border insults and behaving like a "blabbering" peasant woman.

27 Mar 2014 - 11:32pm

South Korean president unimpressed by Japanese PM's attempt to speak Korean

Shinzo Abe meets Park Geun-hye

Tokyo yesterday hailed the first summit between Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye as a chance for the leaders to build a rapport, although Seoul offered a cooler response.

27 Mar 2014 - 11:01am 13 comments

Abe shows his pragmatic side with decision on 'comfort women' apology

Shinzo Abe visits the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam. Photo: AP

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's belated affirmation of Japan's apologies to former "comfort women" and to victims of Japanese aggression in the second world war has halted the precipitous decline in bilateral relations between Tokyo and Seoul and improved the atmosphere of Japan's relations with the US. It should also ameliorate the country's relations with China.

26 Mar 2014 - 5:04am 7 comments

South Korea, Japan and the US to hold summit in The Hague next week

Anti-government activists in Seoul wear the masks of South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: AFP

Japan and South Korea said on Friday that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet South Korean President Park Geun-hye for the first time in a trilateral meeting with the United States next week.

21 Mar 2014 - 10:57pm 3 comments

Japan and North Korea move closer to reopening government-level talks

Japan and North Korea move closer to reopening government-level talks

20 Mar 2014 - 10:50pm

Abe, Park and Xi Jinping display good economics in East Asia, but questionable politics

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye

After all the recent hoopla about Abenomics in Japan and China's reform under Xi Jinping, South Korea's Park Geun-hye becomes the latest to join the Asian reform club.

4 Mar 2014 - 4:32am 1 comment

Park Geun-hye urges Tokyo to stand by apology for 'comfort women'

Watching Park Geun-hye speak at the anniversary celebrations in Seoul yesterday. Photo: Reuters

South Korean President Park Geun-hye yesterday warned Japan would face isolation if it pushed ahead with a move to revisit an apology over wartime sex slavery.

2 Mar 2014 - 5:50am 1 comment

Seoul to return remains of Chinese soldiers killed in Korean war

South Korea will repatriate the remains of more than 400 Chinese soldiers who were killed during the Korean war. Photo: EPA

South Korea will repatriate the remains of more than 400 Chinese soldiers who were killed during the Korean war some 60 years ago, military officials said. President Park Geun-hye offered as a goodwill gesture to return the bodies during her visit to Beijing in June.

19 Dec 2013 - 11:24pm

South Korea’s Chung vows to get to truth of election meddling charges

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-Won. Photo: AFP

South Korea’s prime minister promised on Monday to “accurately reveal” the truth behind allegations that the domestic spy service interfered last year’s presidential election.

Opposition parties have spent weeks hammering President Park Geun-hye’s administration over the issue, suggesting that it calls the legitimacy of her December poll victory into question.

28 Oct 2013 - 3:31pm