Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Presidential Elections: South Korea


This is the twelfth and last in a series of posts on the numerous presidential elections this year. The  first eleven posts were on the elections in Taiwan, Russia, Senegal, France, Egypt, Paraguay (not technically an election), Mexico, Venezuela, the U.S., China (not technically presidential or an election), and Ghana.

Park Geun-hye was elected president of South Korea by nearly 52% of the vote last week. 

This is good news for those who are happy to have the first woman president in South Korean history and who see her political experience and commitment to campaign promises as advantages.

This is bad news for those who see her as an insider (her father was president, or "dictator" to many, in the mid-20th century) and as actually wishy-washy in her political commitments.

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