SOUTH KOREA: President for Life

Autocratic old Syngman Rhee wants to be President of South Korea for the rest of his life, even though it is unconstitutional. His solution: change the constitution. Last year he proposed amending the constitution so that the two-term limit would not apply to "the first President of the Republic"—himself. To pass the amendment, he needed more than a two-thirds majority, or better than 135 votes out of the 203-man Assembly. But he had only 100 votes. His leaders set to work cultivating opposition Assemblymen with so many favors, Bank of Korea loans and automobiles, that the legislature became known as...

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