South Korea: Kim Out, Kim Out, Whoever You Are

Sharing a surname, three candidates challenge Chun's successor

In a perfect world, only one Kim would run for President of South Korea. But perfection is rarely encountered in politics, and last week the one-Kim ideal exploded into a troika of Kims united only by their common surname and their desire to become the country's chief executive in the December election.

Colliding ambitions sent Kim Dae Jung, 63, and Kim Young Sam, 59, the leading lights of the opposition Reunification Democratic Party, ricocheting into their own orbits. Despite earlier promises that one would bow out of the race in favor of the other, negotiations between the rival factions collapsed at...

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