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South Korea Just Elected Its First Female President

Meet Park Geun-hye, the conservative daughter of a president who was assassinated in 1979.

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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.

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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.

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."