Park, the leader of the country’s conservative party, defeated liberal Moon Jae-in by 3.5%, and promised to return the conservative leadership to a more moderate stance than her predecessor Lee Myung-bak. Her campaign featured economic reform, as well as a “women’s revolution” featuring issues like child care. However,some critics argue that while she may be willing to advance some women’s rights issues, she may not be a champion for gender equality in the country. She also has promised firm reform in relations with North Korea.
Park is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, the dictator who led the country until his assassination in 1979. After her mother was killed in a failed assassination attempt of her father in 1974, Park Geun-hye filled the public role of “First Lady” next to her father.
Media Resources: Christian Science Monitor 12/20/12; TIME 12/19/12
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