Park Tipped to Become South Korea's 1st Female President

World | December 19, 2012, Wednesday // 13:31|  views

South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye of ruling Saenuri Party. Photo by Yonhap

Park Geun-hye of the ruling Saenuri Party has a very slim lead in South Korea's tight presidential race, according to an exit poll by three main television stations .

Combined figures from the networks released after polls closed gave her 50.1% of the vote over left-leaning rival Moon Jae-in's 48.9%, BBC informs.

However, a poll by another television station has put Moon in the lead.

Park Geun-hye, aged 60, is the daughter of one of modern Korea's most polarising figures, the late dictator Park Chung-Hee, who is both admired for dragging the country out of poverty and reviled for his ruthless suppression of dissent during 18 years of autocratic rule.

Moon, who was chief of staff to the late left-wing president Roh Moo-Hyun, is a former human rights lawyer who was once jailed for protesting against the Park Chung-Hee regime, Al Jazeera reminds.

Formal results are expected late on Wednesday or in the early hours of Thursday, local time.

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