South Koreans voted in General Assembly elections on Tuesday(Feb 27) and left the ruling Democratic Republican Party of President Park Chung-hee short of a majority.
South Koreans voted in General Assembly elections on Tuesday(Feb 27) and left the ruling Democratic Republican Party of President Park Chung-hee short of a majority. But this can be corrected by President Park who, under constitutional changes authorised by a public referendum under martial law last November, can personally chose one-third of the members of the 219-seat Assembly. Only two-thirds were up for public vote.
President Park abolished the old constitution and dissolved the old Assembly under martial law on October 17. His aim, he then declared, was to "streamline the administration' and ensure 'maximum efficiency' to conduct a dialogue with communist North Korea for eventual reunification. In the old Assembly for which all the 204 seats were decided by popular vote in May, 1971, President Park's Republicans won 113 against the New Democrats' 89, and two independents.
In Tuesday's election, about 70 per cent of the fifteen-and-a-half million voters turned out to the polls.
SYNOPSIS: About eleven million South Koreans -- that's around seventy-per-cent of the voters -- turned out to the polls on Tuesday to cast their ballots in General Assembly elections. They were allowed to chose two-thirds of the two-hundred-and-nineteen members, and they gave the ruling Democratic Republic Party of President Park Chung-hee LESS than a majority. But this can be rectified by the President under constitutional changes given public support by a referendum under martial law last November. For, under this new constitution, he is allowed to personally select the remaining seventy-three members. The old Assembly in which President Park's Republicans had a majority by popular vote for ALL the seats, was dissolved under martial law last October. The old constitution was scrapped at the same time.
At the time President Park -- who turned out for Tuesday's polling with his wife and daughter -- said the measure were designed to 'streamline the administration' for dialogue with communist North Korea for eventual reunification.