SEOUL, South Korea — Opposition leaders today rejected the victory of Roh Tae Woo, the governing party candidate, in presidential elections and called for nationwide protests to stop him from taking power.
The two main opposition parties and the main dissident alliance all charged that the government had resorted to massive fraud to win Wednesday's elections.
The opposition called for a repeat of the June demonstrations that forced the government to agree to democratic elections.
"Let us re-enact the glory of the national resistance in June. The rigged election must be rejected with all the peoples' strength," the National Coalition for Democracy said in a statement.
The National Election Commission said that with 97% of the vote counted, Roh was winning with 37.2% of the vote. His victory over two strong foes was by a surprising margin of nearly 2 million votes.