Lee celebrates Park's election as South Korea's first woman president

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Lee celebrates Park's election as South Korea's first woman president


President Lee Myung-bak on Friday left a Facebook message congratulating his successor Park Geun-hye on becoming South Korea's first-ever female president with her election win earlier this week.

"I join the people in congratulating the election of the Republic of Korea's first woman president," Lee said on his Facebook page. "I hope the incoming government will well embrace the strong yearnings and hopes of the people demonstrated through this election" so as to make the election a "victory for all Korean people," he said.

Park won Wednesday's presidential election with 51.6 percent of the vote against her opposition rival Moon Jae-in's 47.9 percent. She is to be officially sworn in as South Korea's first female president in late February. On the election night, Lee spoke by phone with Park to congratulate her.

Lee wished Park good health, saying her voice had become hoarse from the grueling campaigning.

Lee also said he and his administration will work hard until the last minute of his term and asked his Facebook friends to provide her with support.

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