July 21, 1987 |
President Chun Doo Hwan's ruling party on Monday completed a proposed draft of a new national constitution that would bar opposition leader Kim Dae Jung from running for president later this year. The Democratic Justice Party's proposed charter, which must still be given final approval in a party caucus on Wednesday, also differs radically from the opposition's proposal in the key areas of voting age and the creation of a post of vice president.
October 29, 1987 |
Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung officially--and finally--announced Wednesday that he is running for the presidency, and he disparaged the ruling party's candidate with the remark that "only those who have a clear personal history of democratic struggle are qualified." Describing the December election as "a great war in which democratic forces have declared the final decisive battle against military dictatorship," the 63-year-old opposition politician told reporters, "We will surely win."
December 30, 1987 |
Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung acknowledged Tuesday that there will be no popular uprising against government candidate Roh Tae Woo's victory in the Dec. 16 presidential election, despite opposition allegations that Roh won through fraud. "I will recognize reality and prepare for the next election," Kim said at a press conference at the headquarters of his Party for Peace and Democracy.
September 26, 1987 |
Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung appeared on South Korea's state-run television network Friday for the first time since 1980, when President Chun Doo Hwan sent him to prison. Kim's appearance was dramatic evidence of the freedom recently extended to the mass media here, and it contrasted sharply with the suppression a week ago of two important magazines.
December 14, 1987 |
Populist presidential candidate Kim Dae Jung, rousing a teeming crowd at his final major rally, warned Sunday that election fraud by the ruling party would return massive demonstrations to the streets of South Korea. The 63-year-old opposition leader, his voice hoarse from the hard campaign for Wednesday's presidential contest, called on authoritarian President Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae Woo, his handpicked ruling party nominee, to abandon what Kim charged were plans to steal the election.
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October 16, 1997
Presidential elections in South Korea used to be mockeries of the democratic process. Intimidation and control of the electoral machinery by the ruling clique guaranteed that power would remain in the hands of the man or the party that held it. Change came only in 1992, when the freest election in Korea's history ended 32 years of military-dominated rule and brought Kim Young Sam to office. Now the possibility of further dramatic change looms. When South Koreans go to the polls Dec.
December 9, 1987 |
Both major opposition candidates for president in the election scheduled for next week pledged Tuesday to name a coalition cabinet "encompassing all democratic forces." One of the two, Kim Dae Jung, who was the sole opposition candidate in the last free election for president, in 1971, promised to appoint a prime minister from outside the ranks of his newly formed Party for Peace and Democracy.
July 26, 1986 |
Authorities placed opposition leader Kim Dae Jung under house arrest Friday for the 28th time since he returned last year from two years of self-exile in the United States, his aides said. Police sources said the action was to prevent Kim from attending an opposition-sponsored public hearing on proposed constitutional amendments. The opposition has staged demonstrations, some of them violent, in support of changing the constitution to allow free elections.
October 12, 1987 |
Kim Dae Jung declared Sunday that he wants to run for president to deny "politically motivated military leaders" a veto power over whom the South Korean people can elect as their leader. Aides called Kim's statement, made to a crowd of about 120,000 people at a rally in this bedroom suburb of Seoul, a de facto proclamation of his candidacy, which he is expected to announce formally later this week.
September 10, 1987 |
Opposition leader Kim Dae Jung, in a journey to his roots that looked like the launching of a presidential campaign, returned Wednesday to the island village of his birth. Past fields of rice and soybeans, through the unpaved lanes of the village of Taeri, past thatched-roof houses and up a gentle hillside of pine and tall grass that overlooks the ocean, Kim went to pay homage at the graves of his parents.