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Dictator Daughter Elected Korean Leader Vowing to Heal Scars

Park Geun Hye first lived in South Korea’s presidential mansion as a child, after her father seized power in a coup. Fifty years later, she returns as the country’s first female leader, vowing to heal the wounds of his legacy.

Park yesterday defeated opposition candidate Moon Jae In, culminating a 14 year-career as a lawmaker, during which she earned the nickname “Queen of Elections” for engineering victories as chairwoman of her party. After losing both her parents to assassinations, she has wounds of her own -- in 2006, a man slashed her face with a box cutter at a rally.