SOUTH KOREA: A DISSIDENT HAS HIS DAY

KOREANS ELECT A LIBERAL POPULIST. NOW HE FACES HIS TOUGHEST ROLE IN TRYING TO FIX THE TROUBLED ECONOMY

South Koreans didn't just get mad, they got even. Humiliated by a power structure that had brought their economy to its knees, voters threw the rascals out last week and chose a legendary dissident as their new President, the first opposition candidate they have ever elected. And so, after a long crusade for greater democracy and human rights, Kim Dae Jung finally takes charge of a government that jailed him, exiled him and attempted to assassinate him. It is an epochal choice for Korea, ushering in a promise of political transformation after a half-century of authoritarian orthodoxy and one-party rule. Already...

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