An estimated nine million of a possible 11.5 million South Koreans voted July 29 in the country's first general elections after the ousting of President Syngman Rhee earlier this year.
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CU. Old man voting.
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MLS. Voters marking paper in secrecy.
MLS. AG Premier Huh Chung and wife casting vote.
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MLS. John Chang casting vote.
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MCU. John Chang being interviewed by pressmen.
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Background: An estimated nine million of a possible 11.5 million South Koreans voted July 29 in the country's first general elections after the ousting of President Syngman Rhee earlier this year.
The Democratic party, which for years lay ineffective beneath the iron rule of Syngman Rhee and his Liberal Party, swept the polls winning more than the required two-third majority. The Liberal Party, in its years of power, was never able to accomplish such a feat.
Democrats had, by July 31, gained 161 seats in the 233-member Lower House. Some seats went to Independents, but most were expected to side with the Democratic Party. The Liberals had won only one seat. Democrats were also leading in the new 58-member Upper House.
One of the early voters was John M. Chang, former vice-President and leader of the Democrats. A bitter critic of Syngman Rhee, he was tipped to become the new Prime Minister of South Korea under the modified constitution which paves the way for a cabinet form of Government with only limited powers for the President. But latest reports indicated widespread post-election violence. Violence was sparked off when mobs led by students attacked ballot counting stations in protest against former Liberal Party candidates.