Dr John M. Chang, a former vice-President and leader of the new faction of the?
Dr John M. Chang, a former vice-President and leader of the new faction of the Democratic Party, was elected Prime Minister of South Korea at a vote taken August 19 in Seoul's House of Representatives. He obtained 117 votes to 107 - two more than needed for a simple majority. Inside the National Assembly building a former Assembly member, Kim Du Han, threw leaflets opposing Dr Chang and was escorted away by police.
Outside, police fought to keep order in a crowd cheering their support for Dr Chang. As the new Premier came out of the building they followed his jeep shouting congratulations.
As Prime Minister, Dr Chang is invested with most of the powers formerly enjoyed by the President during the Syngman Rhee regime. His election comes only two days after Mr Kim Do Yun, President Yoon Bo Sun's original nominee, failed to win the House's approval by three votes.
Tokyo received Dr Chang's election as offering an opportunity to improve relations between Japan and South Korea. Mr Kosaka, the Japanese Foreign Minister, said in a statement it was "most gratifying" that South Korea's new leaders had shown enthusiasm for bettering the two countries relations.