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Park asks to be called 'President Park,' not by initials

All Headlines 17:29 March 18, 2013

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye has asked to be called "President Park" in the media instead of by her initials, officials said Monday.

In South Korea, the media have often referred to presidents and high-profile politicians by their English initials. Former Presidents Kim Young-sam, Kim Dae-jung and Lee Myung-bak were all respectively known as "YS," "DJ," and "MB."

Park has also been called "GH" or "PP," for President Park.

According to the officials, Park requested the change to senior presidential press secretary Lee Nam-ki during a meeting with all senior presidential secretaries earlier in the day.

Park said that she would like to be called "President Park" until the public gives her a nickname, as only three weeks have passed since she took office.


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