South Korean president congratulates Park on election win

Votes still being counted

12/19/2012
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South Korea's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye of ruling Saenuri Party raises her arms during her presidential election campaign in Busan, South Korea, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012. South Korea's presidential election is scheduled on Dec. 19. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lee Ji-eun) KOREA OUT

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South Koreans wait in line to cast their votes for a presidential election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, today.
South Koreans wait in line to cast their votes for a presidential election at a polling station in Seoul, South Korea, today.

SEOUL, South Korea — The office of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has congratulated party colleague Park Geun-hye for winning the presidency, though officials are still counting votes in today's election.

The daughter of late dictator Park Chung-hee is taking on liberal Moon Jae-in in a close race.

Seoul's National Election Commission says 16 percent of the vote is uncounted.