South Korea Elects its First Female President

Published 12/19 2012 09:53AM

Updated 12/19 2012 09:58AM

Ruling-party candidate Park Geun-hye was elected South Korean president Wednesday, becoming the country's first female leader despite the incumbent's unpopularity and her own past as the daughter of a divisive dictator. 

The victory sets up the possibility of greater engagement with rival North Korea, despite a controversial rocket launch by Pyongyang last week.

After liberal candidate Moon Jae-in (Moon Jay-in) conceded victory in a close race, Park said she will become "a president of promise."

Huge crowds lined up throughout the day, braving frigid weather to choose between Park and Moon, the son of North Korean refugees. 

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