Transcript for South Korea's Historic Presidential Election
-- -- -- -- -- nickname is ice queen. Still weak and known for her stubbornly sticking to principles. And -- at age sixty is now president elect and South Korea. The campaign was heated and close. A record number of voters turned out almost 76%. She beat them left leaning candidate by a -- than one million votes. Park is no stranger to the South Korean people her father and -- -- he ruled this country in the sixties and seventies. After her mother was assassinated by North Korean -- she served as a defects -- First Lady at the tender age of 22. Her father was both loved and hated him in the painted for crushing his political opponents but adored for carefully navigating -- an economy. Left in ruins after the Korean War. He was assassinated in 1979. Never married -- park has pledged to devote her life to the nation's welfare. South Korea has long been a male dominated society -- as you can see in -- had a nice people here are surprised and now wondering what kind of leadership. A first woman president will bring. This has been the -- of the woman in politics not just in South Korea but also in the US. A record number of women are now serving -- senate and the house. That's an increase of ten fold in the past two decades -- hee Cho ABC news civil.
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