SEOUL, South Korea — Government candidate Roh Tae Woo rolled toward victory today in the first direct presidential election in 16 years, and the administration warned opponents not to challenge the outcome.
The opposition alleged massive fraud.
With 40% of the vote counted, Roh, a former army general, was leading with 41%, the National Election Commission said. Opposition candidate Kim Young Sam trailed with 26.6%, followed by rival opposition candidates Kim Dae Jung with 24.2% and Kim Jong Pil with 8.2%.
"I am really grateful that the people have done their best in opening a new chapter in the history of our democracy," Roh said.
'Era of Reconciliation'
Roh appealed to Koreans to accept the outcome. "We must begin an era of reconciliation," he said.
Police said no protests will be tolerated after the opposition charged the governing Democratic Justice Party used massive vote fraud to win the election. National Police Headquarters in Seoul said any demonstrations would be broken up.