• Short Summary

    A national referendum is to be held in South Korea on Tuesday (21 Nov) about changes proposed in the Constitution by President Chung-Huee Park.

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    A national referendum is to be held in South Korea on Tuesday (21 Nov) about changes proposed in the Constitution by President Chung-Huee Park.

    The proposals, unveiled last month, would give the President enormous powers without parallel in western democracies.

    They are the first major stop towards a ruling structure foreshadowed by the president in early October when he declared martial law, dissolved the National Assembly and partially suspended the Constitution.

    Under the proposed changes, the President would be elected for a six year term by a new body, the National Conference for Unification. There would be no limit on the number of terms he could serve.

    Political parties would be allowed under the new structure, but it is not expected that any opposition party could pose any serious threat to the administration.

    The National Assembly would almost certainly be reduced to a rubber stamp body, retaining the right to criticise the government but with no rights to inspect government agencies prior to debates on the Budget. The Assembly's importance would be further diminished by the presence of the new National Conference for Unification, to which the president would refer his policies on the crucial issue of reunification with North Korea.

    Under martial law, no public campaigns on the amendments have been allowed. But there has been an official campaign to explain the changes to the voters.

    SYNOPSIS: In Seoul...final preparations are made for the referendum in which voters are to decide on proposed changes in the Constitution.

    The changes were announced last month by President Chung-Hee Park as the first major step towards a new ruling structure.

    A special law proclaimed by the Extraordinary State Council Prohibited public campaigning on the amendments. But an official campaign was undertaken to explain the changes to South Korean voters. If approved, a body known as the National Conference for Reunification would assume the major functions of government and elect the president.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA133NM8BCC8TIH25XH08U03ZM4
    Media URN:
    VLVA133NM8BCC8TIH25XH08U03ZM4
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/11/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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