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Park Geun-hye sworn in as South Korea president

  • Park Geun-hye vowed to take a tough stance on national security and boost economic growth as she was sworn in as South Korea's president on Monday.

    Park, who beat liberal rival Moon Jae-in in December's general election, took the oath in front of tens of thousands of people.

    Park is the first woman to lead South Korea. She succeeds President Lee Myung-bak, of the same Saenuri Party, who stepped down after his five-year term.

    The 61-year-old is the daughter of former military officer Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea for nearly 20 years.

    Park takes office amid high tensions on the Korean peninsula following nuclear test carried out by North Korean earlier this month.