The Impact of Korean Local Elections. Strategic Forum, Number 49, October 1995
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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For the first time since the 1961 military coup, South Koreans went to the polls on June 27th to elect provincial governors, mayors and other local officials in what was widely seen as both a midterm assessment of President Kim Young Sam and as the opening shot in the battle for the Blue House--up for grabs in 1997 at the expiration of Kims five-year term. The results of the June local autonomy elections have dramatically altered the Republic of Korea ROK political landscape. The elections produced a new generation of political leaders while setting the stage for one final clash of the titans of the old guard, the three Kims--Kim Young Sam, Kim Dae Jung and Kim Jong Pil. The results demonstrate both the promise and the limitations of Korean democracy, and have important policy implications for the United States.
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