Republic of Korea Elects First-Ever Woman President
Ms Park Geun-hye has been elected as a the new south Korean President. Known as the “Queen of Elections”, she was elected President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) on December 19, 2012. This makes her the country’s first-ever female president. Many people in Korea think that she is the most powerful politician in Korea, because she worked very hard to bring her political party into power over the past 10 years.
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Geun-hye is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, who was president of the ROK for a very long time – 17 years – from 1962 to 1979. When she was 22 years old, her mother was shot and killed in a political gesture. Park was then considered the “First Lady” of the ROK until her father, too, was assassinated 5 years later.
The Republic of Korea used to be called South Korea, and is found in the southern portion of a peninsula in Asia, which means that it is surrounded by water on three sides. It is between China and Japan, and south of a country called “North Korea”. It has a lot of mountains, and the capital city is Seoul.
Fifty million people live in the ROK. Many of them live very comfortably, although there are still many others who are poor and live in shacks. Most of the money made in the ROK is from products that are made there. The ROK ships these products to other countries around the world, which means the products are called “exports”. Two of the biggest ROK companies that you may have heard of are Samsung, which makes mobile phones, televisions and other electronics, and Hyundai, which makes cars. You may even have something made from the ROK in your house, or in your driveway!
Geun-hye was born in 1952, so she is 60 years old now. She has a younger brother and a younger sister. She has never been married. After she graduated from high school, she went to Sogang University and studied electrical engineering.
The day that she won the election, she told the people of Korea “I will start an era of happiness in the nation.”