Park Geun-hye is the daughter of former President Park Chung-hee ,who led South Korea from 1961 to 1979.
Park Geun-hye served as South Korea’s first lady after her mother was murdered by a North Korean gunman in 1974
She was first elected to the national assembly in 1998
First bid for the presidency in 2007
Park Geun-hye has been sworn as South Korea’s new president .Immediately after being sworn in on Monday , Park Geun-hye pledged to secure South Korea against the threat of an increasingly hostile North Korea at the same time as mending bridges with Pyongyang.
“North Korea’s recent nuclear test is a challenge to the survival and future of the Korean people, and there should be no mistake that the biggest victim will be none other than North Korea itself,” she said. “I urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay and embark on the path to peace and shared development.”
“Trust can be built through dialogue and by honouring promises that have already been made,” she said. “It is my hope that North Korea will abide by international norms and make the right choice so that the trust-building process on the Korean Peninsula can move forward.”
She has also promised to redistribute wealth, reform big conglomerates and seek greater engagement with North Korea.