South Korea may be set to elect its first woman president, the daughter of the country’s former military ruler, returning the 60-year old conservative to the presidential palace where she served as her father’s first lady in the 1970s. Exit polls released by three broadcasters after the polls closed showed Park Geun-Hy had 50.1 percent of the vote.
Park has pledged dialogue with North Korea. Her left-of-centre challenger Moon Jae-in, a man her father jailed for political activism, only garnered 48.9% in the ballot, according to the polls, after campaigning on social disparities.
More than 40 million people were eligible to vote.