South Korea: Bid for a Bigger Mandate


More than 250,000 people lined the sandy banks along the Susongchon River north of Pusan. "We should not delay the national task of modernizing Korea," President Chung Hee Park, 49, told them. "If we stop working now, Korea will waste another 20 years catching up." One hundred fifty miles away in Seoul, Old Campaigner and ex-President (1960-62) Posun Yun, 69, stirred another crowd of 250,000 by warning that Park's economic policies were wrecking the country. What is more, Yun charged, Park's government was "sick with corruption, irregularities and dictatorial authoritarianism."

It was election time in South Korea, and on the...

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