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South Korea President Park's Approval Highest in Year-and-a-Half

  • Park's performance rating jumps to 54% from 34% in two weeks
  • Gives her boost to push reforms at mid-point of tenure

South Korean President Park Geun Hye’s approval rating rose to its highest level in a year and a half, giving her a boost to carry out economic reforms at the mid-point of her presidency.

Park’s rating rose to 54 percent this week after reaching a yearly high of 49 percent last week, Gallup Korea said in an e-mail. The measure surpassed the 50 percent mark for the first time since the Sewol sinking that killed more than 300 people in April last year.