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Park wins South Korea presidency, to be first woman leader

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (bottom C) of conservative and right wing ruling Saenuri Party waves to supporters during an election campaign rally in front of a railway station in Busan, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Seoul, December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (bottom C) of conservative and right wing ruling Saenuri Party waves to supporters during an election campaign rally in front of a railway station in Busan, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of...more

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (bottom C) of conservative and right wing ruling Saenuri Party waves to supporters during an election campaign rally in front of a railway station in Busan, about 420 km (261 miles) southeast of Seoul, December 18, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-Hye waves as she holds a bouquet of flowers after arriving at the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Jae-Hwan/Pool

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-Hye waves as she holds a bouquet of flowers after arriving at the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Jae-Hwan/Pool

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-Hye waves as she holds a bouquet of flowers after arriving at the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Jae-Hwan/Pool
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The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye holds a bouquet in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye holds a bouquet in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye holds a bouquet in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye smiles as she receives a banquet in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye smiles as she receives a banquet in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye smiles as she receives a banquet in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye waves to her supporters as she leaves from the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul, December 19, 2012. The daughter of a former military ruler took a commanding lead in South Korea's presidential election on Wednesday, putting her on track to become the country's first woman head of state. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye waves to her supporters as she leaves from the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul, December 19, 2012. The daughter of a former military ruler took a commanding lead in South Korea's...more

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye waves to her supporters as she leaves from the headquarters of the ruling Saenuri party in Seoul, December 19, 2012. The daughter of a former military ruler took a commanding lead in South Korea's presidential election on Wednesday, putting her on track to become the country's first woman head of state. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye waves to supporters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye waves to supporters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

The winner of South Korea's presidential election, Park Geun-hye waves to supporters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (C) poses with her father and then-President Park Chung-hee and her mother Yuk Young-soo along with her younger brother and sister in Seoul. REUTERS/The Saenuri Party/Handout

In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (C) poses with her father and then-President Park Chung-hee and her mother Yuk Young-soo along with her younger brother and sister in Seoul....more

In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (C) poses with her father and then-President Park Chung-hee and her mother Yuk Young-soo along with her younger brother and sister in Seoul. REUTERS/The Saenuri Party/Handout
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In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, the winner of South Korea's 2012 presidential election Park Geun-hye attends a funeral for her father and then President Park Chung-hee, who was assassinated by his aide in 1979. REUTERS/The Saenuri Party/Handout

In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, the winner of South Korea's 2012 presidential election Park Geun-hye attends a funeral for her father and then President Park Chung-hee, who was assassinated by his aide in 1979. REUTERS/The...more

In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, the winner of South Korea's 2012 presidential election Park Geun-hye attends a funeral for her father and then President Park Chung-hee, who was assassinated by his aide in 1979. REUTERS/The Saenuri Party/Handout
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In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, the winner of South Korea's 2012 presidential election Park Geun-hye meets children when she served as her father and then-President Park Chung-hee's first lady in the 1970s, after her mother Yuk Young-soo was assassinated by a North Korean-backed gunman. REUTERS/The Saenuri Party/Handout

In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, the winner of South Korea's 2012 presidential election Park Geun-hye meets children when she served as her father and then-President Park Chung-hee's first lady in the 1970s, after her mother...more

In this undated handout photo received December 19, 2012, the winner of South Korea's 2012 presidential election Park Geun-hye meets children when she served as her father and then-President Park Chung-hee's first lady in the 1970s, after her mother Yuk Young-soo was assassinated by a North Korean-backed gunman. REUTERS/The Saenuri Party/Handout
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Supporters of South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye react as they watch live TV broadcasting about the ballot tally at the birthplace of her father and former President Park Chung-hee in Kumi, about 260 km (162 miles) southeast of Seoul , December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Son Dae-Sung/Yonhap

Supporters of South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye react as they watch live TV broadcasting about the ballot tally at the birthplace of her father and former President Park Chung-hee in Kumi, about 260 km (162 miles) southeast of Seoul...more

Supporters of South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye react as they watch live TV broadcasting about the ballot tally at the birthplace of her father and former President Park Chung-hee in Kumi, about 260 km (162 miles) southeast of Seoul , December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Son Dae-Sung/Yonhap
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Unidentified members of the opposition Democratic United Party watch TV news reporting exit polls on their presidential candidate Moon Jae-in in South Korea's presidential elections at the party headquarters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool

Unidentified members of the opposition Democratic United Party watch TV news reporting exit polls on their presidential candidate Moon Jae-in in South Korea's presidential elections at the party headquarters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahn...more

Unidentified members of the opposition Democratic United Party watch TV news reporting exit polls on their presidential candidate Moon Jae-in in South Korea's presidential elections at the party headquarters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool
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Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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Unidentified members of the opposition Democratic United Party watch television news reporting exit polls on their presidential candidate Moon Jae-in in South Korea's presidential elections at the party headquarters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool

Unidentified members of the opposition Democratic United Party watch television news reporting exit polls on their presidential candidate Moon Jae-in in South Korea's presidential elections at the party headquarters in Seoul December 19, 2012....more

Unidentified members of the opposition Democratic United Party watch television news reporting exit polls on their presidential candidate Moon Jae-in in South Korea's presidential elections at the party headquarters in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Ahn Young-joon/Pool
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Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Election officials count the ballots of the presidential election in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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An elderly woman is assisted in casting her ballot in the presidential election at a polling station in Nonsan, about 190 km (118 miles) south of Seoul, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

An elderly woman is assisted in casting her ballot in the presidential election at a polling station in Nonsan, about 190 km (118 miles) south of Seoul, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

An elderly woman is assisted in casting her ballot in the presidential election at a polling station in Nonsan, about 190 km (118 miles) south of Seoul, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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Yoo Bok-yeob (L), 72, a village schoolmaster, casts his ballot with his family member in the presidential election at a polling station in Nonsan, about 190 km (118 miles) south of Seoul, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Yoo Bok-yeob (L), 72, a village schoolmaster, casts his ballot with his family member in the presidential election at a polling station in Nonsan, about 190 km (118 miles) south of Seoul, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won

Yoo Bok-yeob (L), 72, a village schoolmaster, casts his ballot with his family member in the presidential election at a polling station in Nonsan, about 190 km (118 miles) south of Seoul, December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won
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A combination photograph shows South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (L) of conservative and right wing ruling Saenuri Party casting her ballot, and Moon Jae-in (R), former human rights lawyer and presidential candidate of the main opposition Democratic United Party, attending a campaign encouraging people to vote, in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

A combination photograph shows South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (L) of conservative and right wing ruling Saenuri Party casting her ballot, and Moon Jae-in (R), former human rights lawyer and presidential candidate of the main...more

A combination photograph shows South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye (L) of conservative and right wing ruling Saenuri Party casting her ballot, and Moon Jae-in (R), former human rights lawyer and presidential candidate of the main opposition Democratic United Party, attending a campaign encouraging people to vote, in Seoul December 19, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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