South Korea's most prominent opposition leader, Kim Dae Jung, has come out of house arrest saying he wants to run for the Presidency under a new liberalised constitution.
South Korea's most prominent opposition leader, Kim Dae Jung, has come out of house arrest saying he wants to run for the Presidency under a new liberalised constitution. Mr. Kim, who was freed from restrictions by a Presidential order, says he is confident of success--if South Korea gets a new democratic construction and if a fair election is held.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Kim ran a close race against the late President, Mr. Park Chung Hee, in the country's last open presidential election. Here he entertains visitors after the lifting of house arrest restrictions. The restrictions were lifted as part of the government's move to free political prisoners jailed under one of Mr. Park's proclamations. Mr. Kim was Mr. Park's most persistent critic.
But Mr. Kim says he will oppose any form of political retaliation against former members of Mr. Park's regime elected under a democratic political system. He also calls on his supporters to remain calm and peaceful. And, in remarks directed at the country's newly elected leader, President Choi Kyu Hah, he asks for all political prisoners to be released. Mr. Kim also wants to see immediate steps taken to elect a democratic form of government.
Meanwhile, the former South Korean intelligence chief, Kim Jae Kyu has said that he killed President Park in the hope of restoring liberal democracy.