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South Korean Presidential election

Park Geun-hye's biggest challenge will be South Korea's economy

South Korea's president-elect Park Geun-Hye (centre). Photo: AFP

Park Geun-hye is the first female president of a country where women are under-represented in politics and executive ranks and underpaid in the workplace.

Friday, 21 December, 2012, 2:39am

Can South Korea's first woman president, Park Geun-hye, deliver on gender equality?

Park Geun-hye waves to enthusiastic supporters during a campaign rally in front of a railway station in Busan. Photo: Reuters

Park Geun-hye, South Korea's first woman president, will lead a country that is ranked below the likes of Suriname and the United Arab Emirates in gender equality.

South Korea's journey from war-torn poverty to Asia's fourth-largest economy has done little to break the male stranglehold on political and commercial power in what in many ways remains a very conservative nation.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:52am

Park becomes South Korea's first woman president

Park Geun-hye waves to supporters as she arrives at the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul last night after becoming South Korea’s new president. Photo: Reuters

Conservative Park Geun-hye, the daughter of South Korea's former dictator, became the country's first woman president last night. Her liberal rival Moon Jae-in conceded defeat with Park ahead by 51.7 per cent to 47.9 per cent after 94.2 per cent of the vote had been counted.

20 Dec 2012 - 9:30am

South Korea elects first female president in historic vote

Park Geun-Hye. Photo: AFP

South Korea elected its first female president on Wednesday, handing a slim but historic victory to conservative ruling party candidate Park Geun-Hye, daughter of the country’s former military ruler.

19 Dec 2012 - 11:42pm

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

Asia still an unequal place despite its female leaders

Park Geun-hye is set to become president of South Korea. Photo: AP

Is South Korea ready for "Madame President" to become part of the national vernacular?

The answer to the question that has dominated dinner-table, water-cooler and executive-suite chatter for months is yes.

19 Dec 2012 - 2:37am

South Korea presidential rivals in final push for votes

Moon Jae-In, Presidential candidate of the main opposition Democratic United Party, speaks during a campaign rally in Seoul. Photo: EPA

The two rivals for South Korea’s presidency made a final pitch to voters on Tuesday – the eve of an election that looks set to go down to the wire.

18 Dec 2012 - 6:45pm

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

Briefs, November 20, 2012

Former police boss tells graft trial of 'affair'

20 Nov 2012 - 3:52am

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

Park Geun-Hye warns South Korean voters of stormy waters ahead

South Korea's presidential frontrunner warned yesterday that a "critically transformative" period awaited the Korean peninsula and northeast Asia, marked by political flux and potential instability.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:20am

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

South Korea presidential candidates unite on chaebol reform

Moon Jae-in. Photo: Bloomberg

As the three main candidates for South Korea's presidency cross swords on the campaign trail, they are united on one issue - the need to reform the country's giant, family-run conglomerates, or chaebol.

22 Oct 2012 - 2:58am

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