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Topic - Moon Jae
Park Geun-hye, daughter of a divisive military strongman from South Korea's authoritarian era, was elected the country's first female president Wednesday, a landmark win that could mean a new drive to start talks with rival North Korea.
South Koreans on Wednesday elected their first female president — Park Geun-hye, leader of the conservative New Frontier Party — in a close election with results that are likely to please U.S. officials, analysts said.
The liberal son of North Korean refugees faces the conservative daughter of a late dictator in South Korea's presidential election Wednesday. For all their differences, they've made remarkably similar campaign promises.
Blasting off just one week before South Korea's presidential election, North Korea's rocket launch appears aimed at not only capturing the attention of the wider world but also of affecting politics south of the demilitarized zone.
Still, U.S. policymakers are likely relieved at Ms. Park's victory: Mr. Moon had pledged to upgrade Seoul's relations with Beijing, putting them on an equal footing with Washington, and renegotiate the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement.
Mr. Moon said on the eve of the election that he envisions a "politics that integrates all people.