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Fall from grace the latest twist in Park's tumultuous life

South Korean ex-leader is no stranger to adversity

HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

SEOUL -- Under arrest after months of scandal that rocked the nation, ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye could now face a lengthy list of charges. But this marks only the latest of the many troubles she has endured.

Park grew up in the Blue House presidential complex as a daughter of then-President Park Chung-hee, who led South Korea for 18 years through a period of spectacular economic growth called the "miracle on the Han River." She took on the role of first lady at age 22 after losing her mother to an assassin's bullet meant for her strongman father. Park Chung-hee was killed by his spy chief five years later, and she was driven out of the Blue House with her younger siblings.

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