South Korea: Democracy of a Sort

When South Korea's Strongman General Park Chung Hee seized power 19 months ago, he vowed to restore democratic civilian rule "when all revolutionary tasks have been accomplished.'' Sure enough. Park eventually produced the draft of a new constitution; last week it won overwhelming approval in a national referendum.

No one seemed to notice—or care about —the details of Park's constitutional document. Fact was, it would permit the soldiers of the military junta to exchange their khaki uniforms for mufti, and continue ruling as before. Contemptuous of the "parliamentary impotence'' of civilian politicians....

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