The Queen of Elections

Post 1526 of 1732
  • PHOTOGRAPH: CORBIS/ ARABIAN EYE

PHOTOGRAPH: CORBIS/ ARABIAN EYE

PHOTOGRAPH: CORBIS/ ARABIAN EYE

Geun-hye Park

Nationality: South Korean
Designation: President, South Korea

After having her face attacked with a utility knife during her campaign and undergoing surgery, the first words uttered by her right after were “How is Daejeon?” (The metropolitan city of South Korea).

Geun-hye Park is the first woman President of South Korea serving her 18th presidential term and the 11th in line. She has also been the chairwoman of the conservative Grand National Party (GNP) before being president. Guen-hye was born on 2 February 1952, to Park Chung-hee, the 3rd president of South Korea, and Yuk Young-soo.

Guen-hye was elected a Grand National Party (GNP) assembly woman for Dalseong, Daegu, in 1998 by-election. During the campaign of 2006, Ji Chung-ho, criminal with eight previous convictions, slashed Guen-hye’s face with a utility knife, causing an 11-centimeter wound on her face, requiring 60 stitches and several hours of surgery. After this, the candidate from the Grand National Party won the election for mayor of the city of Daejeon despite having trailed by more than 20 percentage points in opinion polls up to the point of the attack. This feat gave Guen-hye the nickname “Queen of Elections”.

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