11:09 pm - 12/19/2012

South Korea votes in first female president - South Korea election: Park Geun-hye defeats Moon Jae-i

Both candidates have pledged more welfare spending and dialogue with Pyongyang

South Korea's electoral commission says former dictator's daughter Park Geun-hye has won the country's presidential election.

Votes are still being counted but liberal candidate Moon Jae-in has conceded victory with 84% of votes counted.

Turnout was high in a poll dominated by economic and social welfare issues.

The new president will replace Lee Myung-bak, who is stepping down as the law requires after his five-year term.

Combined figures from the networks released after polls closed gave Ms Park 50.1% of the vote over Mr Moon's 48.9%.

From the moment polls opened at 06:00 on Wednesday (21:00 GMT on Tuesday), millions of South Koreans queued to cast their ballots despite freezing temperatures.


  • Park Geun-hye, daughter of a former military strongman and leader of the ruling Saenuri Party
  • Moon Jae-in, a close associate of late President Roh Moo-hyun and now leader of the opposition Democratic United Party

The exit poll conducted by the three broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS had a 0.8% margin of error either way - meaning official results could be different.

Broadcaster JTBC also predicted the slimmest of wins for Ms Park, giving her 49.6% to Mr Moon's 49.4%.

But a poll conducted by YTN television network put Mr Moon ahead, giving him between 49.7-53.3% of the vote to Ms Park's 46.1- 49.9%.

Ms Park's supporters cheered as poll figures emerged, but neither camp has claimed or conceded victory.

Analysts expected that a strong turnout would favour Mr Moon. By 16:00 local time (07:00 GMT), with two hours of polling to go, turnout had already passed the 2007 election final figure of 63%.

Ms Park, the daughter of former military leader Park Chung-hee, is looking to make history as South Korea's first female president.

Both bolstered and dogged by the legacy of her father, who built South Korea's economy while crushing dissent, she apologised in September for human rights abuses under his administration.

Mr Moon of the Democratic United Party is a former human rights lawyer who served under former President Roh Moo-hyun. He was briefly jailed by Ms Park's father in the 1970s.

Both candidates have put forward broadly similar policies, promising to boost social welfare spending, close the gap between the rich and poor and rein in the family-run giant conglomerates known as chaebol.

On the issue of North Korea, which did not feature heavily in the campaign despite its recent rocket launch, both candidates have promised more engagement with Pyongyang - though, in Ms Park's case, more cautiously than her rival.

(source: BBC News)

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paularociio 19th-Dec-2012 11:57 pm (UTC)
Congratulations South Korea, I hope ur president is not like mine (I'm from Argentina ._.) xD
shiz_lestat 20th-Dec-2012 12:39 am (UTC)
At least here in Argentina we have advanced a lot in terms of minorities' rights (specially for LGBT people), which I find pretty positive

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yesungholic 20th-Dec-2012 12:09 am (UTC)
women to the power!
hope she does a good job :3
royu_kiyo 20th-Dec-2012 01:45 am (UTC)
Isn't it suppose to be "power to the women"?
annhh 20th-Dec-2012 12:11 am (UTC)
that's another step forward, having a female president. four for south korea, you go south korea~

usually with with female presidents, I see it as the reflection of modern culture but I don't see it here. it's like a hoax.

Edited at 2012-12-20 12:13 am (UTC)
purekpopology 20th-Dec-2012 12:19 am (UTC)
I know right?? Super surprised that Korea has a female president before my own country (US), weird.
hagar_tammaa 20th-Dec-2012 12:13 am (UTC)
wow korea is coming along way
love_keiko 20th-Dec-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
omg, excellent!
ashiva 20th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Damn it. I'm judging you Koreans for electing her. And I'm not talking about her gender, but her being part of conservative Saenuri Party (same party whose representative that shit head LMB was) and a daughter of a nasty dictator. Anyhow I guess this means ridiculous song and music video bannings will continue and Ministry of Gender Equality and Family will be given even more power and free speech situation will continue to deteriorate in SK.
45s 20th-Dec-2012 12:26 am (UTC)
This same sentiment is echoed by a few Korean blogs I follow.

Like, she's her own person and I'm hoping she's not like her dad (dood really sucked) but in my experience, legacy politicians never work out well. I lived through George bush 1, Jeb, George W. Yikes
gee 20th-Dec-2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Yay. But what are her views, more interested in that. To google I go.

"In a 2012 survey by Korean Research which assessed the political stance of 12 potential presidential candidates of South Korea, Park was considered the most conservative candidate" Oh. Have fun with that then Korea....

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itskimbitches 20th-Dec-2012 12:22 am (UTC)
Lolz everyone liking her for her gender instead of her views. She could be all about oppression.
shiz_lestat 20th-Dec-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
shiz_lestat 20th-Dec-2012 12:23 am (UTC)
One would think that a female President is a step forward for South Korea but seeing her background, it doesn't look very promising.
Electing a former dictator's daughter over a former human rights lawyer, really? =___=

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miwa201 20th-Dec-2012 01:39 am (UTC)
lawd, she's such a dumbass.
rosamajalis 20th-Dec-2012 12:34 am (UTC)
"Mr Moon of the Democratic United Party is a former human rights lawyer who served under former President Roh Moo-hyun. He was briefly jailed by Ms Park's father in the 1970s."

Wow ...
johnnyquest89 20th-Dec-2012 12:37 am (UTC)
meh, means nothing to me unless they give a reason for incarceration.
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muhnaplusmuhna 20th-Dec-2012 01:22 am (UTC)
the_hedfones 20th-Dec-2012 12:42 am (UTC)
guys, she's the s.korea equivalent to the us's sarah palin. yeah she's a female president but that doesn't mean shit with her views.

sigh, you guys need to read before saying shit.
kazu_kumaguro 20th-Dec-2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid for SK tbh, my friend told me about her presidential debate and I think she is just a political puppet, her head seems empty.
sakatamarie 20th-Dec-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
Same shit that happened in Brazil.
'Oh we have a female president she'll be such a good president~ Because you know, she's a woman!'
Aaand, turns out she told a bunch of lies and when the country should getting prepared for the world cup, most the places won't get ready in time.
Sorry for my ranting and for the bad punctuation.
lenra 20th-Dec-2012 02:05 am (UTC)
fuck World cup/Olympics tbh, Brazil have a lot more problems than that, and reading about Park Geun-hye views shows the difference between their situation and ours. Oh and the reason people voted for Dilma was more because Lula was backing her up so logically folks thought that she would follow the same direction but unfortunately she left a lot to be desired.

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tokadah 20th-Dec-2012 01:04 am (UTC)
they elected the daughter of someone who abused your human rights > someone who fought for your rights...? -_-
shiz_lestat 20th-Dec-2012 01:07 am (UTC)
Yeah, that pretty much sums it up... :(
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