South Korea Reforms On Hold

Election debates end abruptly

The stadiums have been built, the logos designed, and throughout Seoul huge billboards count down the days until the opening of the 1988 Summer Olympics. Everything in South Korea between now and next summer fits into a tight schedule that reaches a climax with the Olympics. President Chun Doo Hwan, a former general, has also been fitting presidential politics into the program. Chun promised to revise the constitution so that when he leaves office in February 1988 -- the first Korean President to do so voluntarily -- his successor would be more democratically chosen.

But last week in a national broadcast,...

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