A National funeral service for the late Dr. Chough Pyong-ok, Democratic Party candidate for the?
A National funeral service for the late Dr. Chough Pyong-ok, Democratic Party candidate for the forthcoming South Korean elections, was attended by thousands in Seoul Stadium Feb 25.
Thousands of sad eyed Seoul citizens stood in the light rain and watched the impressive funeral cortege pass through the streets to the stadium. After the two-hour ceremony, the body was taken for burial to Ui-dong, on the northern outskirts of Seoul.
The 65-year old Columbia University-educated statesman died at the Walter Reed Military hospital, Washington, U.S.A., soon after an operation for a stomach complaint Jan 30. It is believed that he died of a heart attack caused by after-effects of the operation, which was in itself successful.
His unexpected death will have considerable repercussions in South Korea. Closing date for nomination of Presidential candidates was Feb 13, and it seems unlikely that South Korean member President Syngman Rhee will - as a Democratic Party member asked - "give the Opposition Party a chance to select a new candidate and display political morality and a spirit of democratic fair play". Such a step would require constitutional reform.
Once before death took a hand in a South Korean Presidential election. In 1956 Henry Shinicky, Democratic candidate, died ten days before polling.