Geun-hye Park

Born:February 2, 1952 (age 72)
Career:President of South Korea, 2013-2017
National Assembly, 2012
First lady of South Korea, 1974-1979
Education:B.A., Sogang University

Park Geun-hye served as the president of South Korea from 2013 to 2017, the first woman president of that country. On Dec. 9, 2016, Park stepped back from her duties following a vote by parliament to impeach her over a corruption scandal. The impeachment was upheld by the Constitutional Court on March 10, 2017.

Park was born February 2, 1952 in Samdeok-dong of Jung-gu, Daegu. Her father was Park Chung-hee, the third president of South Korea who served from 1961 to 1979. She received a bachelor's degree in electronic engineering from Sogang University in 1974.

Prior to her presidency, Park was chairwoman of the Grand National Party (GNP) from 2004 to 2006 and 2011 to 2012. She was also a member of the Korean National Assembly, and served four terms as a constituency representative from 1998 to 2012. She started her fifth term as a proportional representative in June, 2012.


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