South Korea Kim vs. Kim

The opposition splits apart

For foes of South Korea's military-backed government, last week was both the best and the worst of times. On the one hand, an overwhelming 93% of voters approved a new constitution that calls for direct elections and guarantees human rights. On the other hand, a formal split between Leading Dissidents Kim Dae Jung, 63, and Kim Young Sam, 59, dimmed prospects for an opposition victory next month, when South Korea holds its first democratic presidential election in 16 years. The rupture increased chances that Roh Tae Woo, the ruling party's candidate, would emerge the winner.

After President Chun Doo Hwan bowed...

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