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Park Geun-hye certain to win S. Korean presidency: local media

English.news.cn   2012-12-19 20:28:15            
 • Park Geun-hye is poised to win the tightly contested presidential election Wednesday.
 • Park is sure to beat her liberal rival, Moon Jae-in, according to broadcasters KBS and SBS.
 • Voter turnout was estimated at 75.8 percent, the highest in a decade.

SOUTH KOREA-PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION-BALLOT COUNTING 
Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul, on Dec. 19, 2012. (Xinhua/Park Jin-hee) 

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Park Geun-hye of South Korea's ruling Saenuri Party is poised to win the tightly contested presidential election Wednesday and become the first female leader of the country, local media reported.

Park, the 60-year-old daughter of South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee, is sure to beat her liberal rival, Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Democratic United Party, according to broadcasters KBS and SBS.

With a little less than 36.1 percent of the votes counted as of 9:11 p.m. local time, Park won 52.8 percent of the votes, compared to Moon with 46.9 percent.

Voter turnout was estimated at 75.8 percent, the highest in a decade.

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SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- Exit polls Wednesday indicated South Korea's two top presidential candidates neck and neck in the tightly contested race, with conservative favorite Park Geun-hye holding a slight lead over her liberal rival Moon Jae-in.

Polls jointly conducted by local broadcaster KBS, MBC and SBS put Park at 50.1 percent compared to Moon at 48.9 percent, with a margin of error of 1.6 percent. Full story

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SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's two main presidential candidates made their final campaign stops Tuesday, just a day before the presidential election that observers say is still too close to call.

Park Geun-hye of the conservative ruling Saenuri Party is making stops at the southeastern city of Changwon, the southern port city of Busan and the central city of Daejeon, a top swing voting city, before her final campaign appearance in Seoul.  Full story

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BEIJING, Dec. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Park Geun-hye is hoping to make history and become South Korea’s first female president. But away from the headlines, what does she stand for and what is she promising the people of South Korea?

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