South Korea Old Friends

Chun chooses his successor

The nominating convention was a week away. The election would not be held for months. But in the authoritarian political system of South Korea, the vote that counts most is that of President Chun Doo Hwan, 56. Last week Chun gave his official blessing to the man who will likely be South Korea's next President: Roh Tae Woo, 54, a retired army general and chairman of the ruling Democratic Justice Party.

The South Korean leader made his long-awaited choice of a successor before a dinner at Blue House, the presidential residence, attended by the 29-member central executive committee of the D.J.P....

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