SOUTH KOREA: President for Life

South Korean President Chung Hee Park, 55, last week moved to make himself his country's permanent dictator. In a series of constitutional amendments, which will be submitted to a national referendum later this month, Park proposed several sweeping changes that will enable him to perpetuate his rule as long as he chooses. The move came one week after Park proclaimed martial law, dissolved the National Assembly, outlawed political activities by other parties, imposed tight military censorship, and shut down the universities, the source of his most vocal and persistent opposition.

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