The Acting President did not want to put undue pressure on Seoul's harassed, discredited 'legislature. But, suggested Huh Chung, there would be "no more arrests of Assemblymen" if they would just go ahead and approve the new constitution. Syngman Rhee's old enemies, the Democrats, darkly passed the word that anyone who opposed the constitutional amendment, with its tighter safeguards for liberty and individual rights, would be considered an "antirevolutionary." All but three of Rhee's Liberals got the point, and finally, by 208 to 3, the National Assembly approved the new law. "Now the second republic is born!" cried Speaker...

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