South Korea: Easy Kim, Easy Go

Easy Kim, Easy Go

As the candidate of the breakaway Party for Peace and Democracy, Kim Dae Jung, 62, got much of the blame last December for dividing the opposition and thus ensuring victory for the ruling Democratic Justice Party in South Korea's first free presidential elections in 16 years. Last week Kim resigned as party chief to smooth the way for the P.P.D. to rejoin forces with the Reunification Democratic Party. That party's leader, Kim Young Sam, 60, stepped down in a similar gesture last month. With elections for the 299-seat National Assembly scheduled for April 26, the P.P.D. chief said he did not...

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