Park Geun-Hye’s administration is on the brink of issuing 6,000 pardons for minor offenders in honor of the Lunar New Year. These pardons are a power of the President and are often handed out twice a year. This year was notable as she excluded politicians and high-profile businessmen.
Korean Presidents are elected for a single 5-year term and Park Geun-Hye (박근혜) will take office as President on February 25, 2013. She is replacing exiting President Lee Myung-Bak (이명박). As do other world leaders, Korean Presidents frequently handout pardons before the leaving the Blue House.