South Koreans vote in presidential election
SEOUL (AFP) - South Koreans cast their votes on Wednesday in a tight and potentially historic presidential election that could result in Asia's fourth-largest economy selecting its first female leader.
The ballot is a straight fight between Park Geun Hye, the conservative daughter of assassinated dictator Park Chung Hee, and her liberal rival Moon Jae In, the son of North Korean refugees.
Opinion polls indicate the result could go either way.
The eventual occupant of the presidential Blue House will have to deal with a belligerent North Korea, a slowing economy and soaring welfare costs in one of the world's most rapidly ageing societies.