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Park Geun-hye was sworn in as South Korea's first female president in 2013. She is the daughter of former South Korean President Park Chung-hee.
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She would be re-elected four times thereafter, serving in five consecutive national assemblies. By this time, Park had developed a clear goal of not only unifying South Korea's party system, but unifying and strengthening the nation as a whole.
In 2003, Park became chairperson of the GNP's presidential election committee. The following year, she was elected chairperson of the GNP. (The Party was struggling at the time,
after leading a failed attempt to impeach President Roh Moo-hyun.) Setting her sights on the presidency in 2007, Park was a candidate for the Party in the primaries, but lost to Lee Myung-bak, who went on to win the presidential election. In 2012, the GNP was renamed the Saenuri ("New Frontier") Party. Park remained a prominent figure of the Saenuri Party, serving as chairperson of its emergency committee.
In a historic election on December 19, 2012, Park defeated 59-year-old liberal opponent and former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in for the South Korean presidency—living up to her moniker as the "Queen of Elections" and, most notably, becoming the nation's first female president. Unmarried at the time of the election, Park has often said that she is "married" to her nation. Following her election victory, Park promised a "new era" of government and that she would be a "president for the people." She strives for unity and prosperity for South Korea while maintaining caution when it comes to the threat of North Korean affairs. Park was sworn in as president in February 2013.
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