Conservative Saenuri Party candidate Park Geun-hye has made history by winning South Korea’s presidential election, becoming the country’s first female president-elect after defeating liberal rival Moon Jae-in of the Democratic United Party by several percentage points.
Interacting briefly with several media representatives on a large open-air stage in downtown Seoul, the five-term lawmaker and daughter of a former dictator vowed to fulfill every promise she made during the campaign.
By keeping everyone’s support and trust in mind, Park said she “will definitely open an era of peoples’ happiness in which everyone can enjoy some simple pleasures and their dreams can come true.”
Park Geun-hye is the daughter of late South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee.
After being handed a bouquet of flowers, Ms. Park left the stage to the cheers of her supporters. She gave no formal victory speech.
At a subdued Democratic United Party headquarters in another part of the capital, Moon Jae-in conceded. Apologizing to supporters, he called the defeat his failure, “not a failure of the people who hoped for new politics,” and then offered his congratulations to the new president-elect.