South Korean President Syngman Rhee and Vice-President Chiang Myun were - with their wives - among the first to vote in Seoul during the Presidential elections March 15.
South Korean President Syngman Rhee and Vice-President Chiang Myun were - with their wives - among the first to vote in Seoul during the Presidential elections March 15. Away from the towns, farmers and their wives left their work to go to the polling booths, many of them travelling considerable distances.
The elections resulted in a sweeping victory for President Syngman Rhee, who was elected for his fourth successive four-year term as President, with a far bigger majority than at the last election.
MR. Lee Ki Poong, his friend and adviser, became Vice-President, defeating the former Vice-President, Chiang Myun, who leads the Opposition Democratic Party.
Following the death recently of the Opposition's presidential candidate, Dr Chough Pyun-ok after an operation in the United States, President Syngman Rhee was returned unopposed. There were four candidates for Vice-President.
Violent scenes highlighted the election campaign, and on polling day several people were killed - one report said there were 14 deaths - when police opened fire on demonstrators in Nasan. The Opposition leader said he would seek a court ruling declaring the elections void, and his party withdrew their observers from the vote counting stations.