South Korea: Back to Normal


When General Park Chung Hee ran for President eight weeks ago, he was so confident of victory that he held the most honest election in South Korea's history. The result was almost disastrous; he squeaked in with only 43% of the total vote. Thereafter, Park's Democratic-Republican Party vowed never again to risk such a close shave. Last week, as South Korea elected a new National Assembly, things were a lot closer to normal.

Victory was essential for Park, because the Assembly, though virtually powerless in most other respects, has the constitutional right to institute impeachment proceedings against the President by a...

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