South Korea

Daughter of Dictator to Run For President in South Korea

Park Geun-Hye will run as the New Frontier Party candidate.


South Korea's ruling party overwhelmingly voted for the daughter of an assassinated dictator to be its presidential candidate Monday, the first time a major party has chosen a woman to run for the post.

Veteran politician Park Geun-Hye – whose mother was killed by a pro-North Korean agent – secured a landslide 84 percent of the vote to easily see off four male challengers at the primary of the conservative New Frontier Party.

Opinion polls show her as current favorite to win the presidency in the December 19 vote.