SOUTH KOREA: Yes to Chun

Voters approve a constitution

It was the largest electoral turnout in the country's 32 years of independence:

95.5% of South Korea's 20 million eligible voters. And, as expected, nearly 92% of them approved a 131-article draft constitution proposed by President Chun Doo Hwan. It guarantees South Koreans a "democratic welfare state," complete with civil rights, press freedom and carefully defined powers of the presidency— at least on paper. The referendum was the first test of Chun's popularity since he took power last December, shortly after the assassination of President Park Chung Hee. Strongman Chun, a former general, and his U.S.-educated...

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