Uncivil Ceremony

Dissident Kim Young Sam, 65, marked his inauguration as South Korea's first civilian President in 31 years by blaming his predecessors for the country's woes. With outgoing President Roh Tae Woo and former military dictator Chun Doo Hwan standing behind him, Kim told a shivering crowd of 30,000 that "misconduct and corruption are the most terrifying enemies attacking the foundations of our society." The Democratic Party of his onetime ally Kim Dae Jung boycotted the ceremonies because the victor refused to apologize for personal attacks in last year's campaign.


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