South Korea a Challenge for President Chun

Shock at the polls after a dissident's turbulent return

Only four days after the melee at Seoul's Kimpo International Airport that attended the return from exile of Opposition Politician Kim Dae Jung, 60, South Korea's voters went to the polls last week to elect a new National Assembly. As expected, the ruling Democratic Justice Party (D.J.P.) of President Chun Doo Hwan came out on top, with 35% of the popular vote. But the most remarkable result was the impressive showing of the New Korea Democratic Party (N.K.D.P.), with which Kim is associated. Founded less than a month before the elections, it captured 29% of the vote to emerge as the...

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