1. Park Geun-hye, 60, is the daughter of the late President Park Chung-hee. She’s a trained engineer who has served as a representative in the National Assembly since 1998.
Her father, Park Chung-hee, served as South Korea’s leader for 18 years after seizing power in a 1961 military coup. He was assassinated in 1979. Geun-hye’s mother was also murdered a few years earlier when a bullet aimed at the president hit her instead.
2. Hahm Chaibong, president of the Asian Institute for Policy Studies, told Al Jazeera that Geun-hye’s victory will “have a significant impact on the psyche of the people” and be “a great boost for the women of South Korea.”
3. Here she is on Dec. 4, debating against Lee Jung-hee (Unified Progressive Party) and Moon Jae-in (Democratic United Party).
4. She reportedly only narrowly beat Moon Jae-in. The voter turnout was the highest in 15 years, officials said.
The Guardian reports she led with 51.6 percent when 70 percent of all votes were counted.