(Vatican Radio) Just days after Japanese voters elected a new government, South Koreans
are heading to the polls, too. It's a close-run race between two main contenders,
one of whom could become South Korea's first female president.
is the daughter of South Korea's military ruler through the 60s and 70s. She is pledging
to repeat her father's record of economic growth and is promising greater welfare
But for some voters, Park carries the stigma of the political repression
of her father's rule.
Her leftwing challenger is Moon Jae-in, who pledges to
try to break up the monopolies held by a handful of huge South Korean companies, such
as Samsung Electronics and the Hyundai Motor company.
He criticises Park as
representing the establishment.
But conservative voters see Moon as being too
close ideologically to communist North Korea.
Just days ago it launched a long-range
rocket which could one day carry a nuclear warhead.
If elected, Park would
become South Korea's first female president. She has apologized for human-rights violations
during her father's rule, acknowledging that economic growth at that time came at
the cost of workers' freedom.
Election forecasts show the two candidates neck