July 14, 1990 |
Angry over South Korean government plans to revamp the nation's broadcast system, four opposition lawmakers quit, hundreds of broadcast workers walked out, and radical students clashed with police. Union leaders charge that the government of President Roh Tae Woo is railroading a bill through the legislature that would strengthen the government's grip on broadcasting before next year's elections.
March 17, 1990 |
President Roh Tae Woo today replaced his economics minister in a major Cabinet reshuffle expected to herald a push to speed the growth of South Korea's economy. The reshuffle, affecting 15 of 22 posts, had been expected since last month's merger of Roh's governing party with two centrist opposition groups. The alliance resulted in a powerful conservative party giving the president a comfortable parliamentary majority.
January 23, 1990 |
President Roh Tae Woo on Monday announced the formation of a huge ruling party that political analysts say will virtually secure one-party rule in South Korea. Roh, flanked by opposition leaders Kim Young Sam and Kim Jong Pil, told reporters that the ruling Democratic Justice Party has agreed to merge with two of the nation's three opposition parties.
September 9, 1990 |
More than 3,000 students and dissidents staged an anti-government rally and clashed with riot squads in Korea's second-largest city Saturday, police said. About 3,000 people were gathered on the Pusan University campus in Pusan, 205 miles southeast of Seoul, for the rally held to oppose the ruling Democratic Liberal Party which controls the National Assembly. Students began hurling firebombs and rocks at police who countered with tear gas to put down the disturbance, police said.
June 21, 1991 |
Despite a surprisingly low voter turnout and an unexpectedly strong showing by candidates without party affiliation, President Roh Tae Woo's ruling party won a landslide victory in South Korea's first provincial and city elections in 30 years, returns disclosed today. Roh's Democratic Liberal Party won majorities in 12 of the 15 legislative bodies being elected, including a historic victory here in the capital.
June 23, 1991 |
On the eve of the fourth anniversary of his promise to "democratize" South Korea, President Roh Tae Woo recognizes that widespread reforms he has carried out still have not won much popularity for him or his ruling party. In an interview with The Times, Roh blamed "the outmoded way of thinking of politicians," in general, and the factional feuding within his own Democratic Liberal Party, in particular, for the low ratings that all political parties, his own included, get in opinion polls.
February 22, 1991 |
A land development scandal that already has resulted in the arrest of five lawmakers, a major industrialist and a personal secretary to President Roh Tae Woo, could prove damaging to South Korea's still fragile institutions of democracy. Roh replaced two Cabinet ministers and the mayor of Seoul on Monday to signal a crackdown on corruption. On Tuesday, he reshuffled key posts in the ruling party and appeared on national television to renew his "firm resolution to become a clean president."
May 19, 1991 |
The fatal police clubbing of Kang Kyung Dae, a 20-year-old Myungji University freshman, not only launched the most enduring street protests in South Korea in four years. It also served to bring to the surface some of the deep disagreements that South Koreans have with President Roh Tae Woo's government. It has shown that South Koreans still have problems with their new-found, still-incomplete democracy. How the current political unrest will be resolved remains unclear.
May 21, 1991 |
South Korean President Roh Tae Woo met with his top advisers as the country's unrest showed no sign of abating. News reports said a Cabinet shake-up and a release of political prisoners were imminent. Anti-government rallies have spread to more than 75 cities.
May 27, 1991 |
South Korean President Roh Tae Woo, in a move affirming that he intends to deal sternly with anti-government protests, shuffled his Cabinet on Sunday, making only four changes and including the appointment of yet another law-and-order man. As justice minister, Roh named former Prosecutor General Kim Ki Choon, 51. He also named a retired general, Ahn Pil Joon, 59, president of Korea Coal Co., to be health and social affairs minister.