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South Korea Politics

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.

Wednesday, 19 December, 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

Will a president's daughter be South Korea's next leader?

Presidential candidate Park Geun-hye of the ruling Saenuri Party speaks during a TV debate. Photo: EPA

In the elections across Asia from Japan to Sri Lanka this year, perhaps the most intriguing candidate is Park Geun-hye, who is seeking to be the first woman elected president of South Korea.

19 Dec 2012 - 3:59am

Ahn Cheol-soo quits South Korean race for presidency

Ahn Cheol-soo quits the race

South Korean software mogul Ahn Cheol-soo gave up his bid to become president yesterday and endorsed another opposition candidate, setting the stage for a close race with conservative favourite Park Geun-hye to lead Asia's fourth largest economy.

24 Nov 2012 - 3:11am

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

Weaker presidential candidates unite against favourite Park Geun-hye

Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with new ally Ahn Cheol-soo yesterday at an event in Seoul. Photo: EPA

South Korea's two left-leaning presidential hopefuls agreed yesterday on a potentially game-changing merger to field a single candidate against conservative front-runner Park Geun-hye.

7 Nov 2012 - 2:07am