South Korean President Chung Hee Park, has won an overwhelming victory in a referendum which changes the Korean constitution and endorses the President's current unification talks with North Korea.
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Background: South Korean President Chung Hee Park, has won an overwhelming victory in a referendum which changes the Korean constitution and endorses the President's current unification talks with North Korea.
Ninety-one point one per cent of the electorate of fifteen and a half million went to the polls to cast their votes last Tuesday (21 NOV).
The new constitution could allow President Park to stay in office for life. With the votes counted, figures show that ninety-two point three per cent of valid votes were in favour of the amendment.
Under the amendment, a National Conference for Unification will be set up with the power to elect a President for as many six-year terms as it chooses. The National Conference will consist of two-thousand eight-hundred members with no political affiliation. Under the amendment, the President will nominate one-third of the National Assembly, Korea's Parliament. He will also be able to disband the Parliament when he wishes.
Previously, South Korea's President could be elected only for three terms of four years each.
The new National Conference for Unification will also decide on policy questions on the reunification of Korea, referred to it by the President.
As a Major-General in 1961, President Park came to power in a bloodless coup. He was elected President by a popular vote two years later. It is expected that the new National Conference will re-appoint President Park as South Korea's leader.
The voting for the referendum was held with South Korea under martial law which was imposed on October 17 this year. Under martial law, all political activities against the amendment were banned.