In South Korea, military leader General Chun Doo-Hwan has moved closer to gaining supreme power.
GV Podium, SV President Choi Kyu-Hah joins other officials on podium in Seoul, South Korea. (2 SHOTS)
CU Mr. Choi announcing resignation.
SV FILE FILM: President Choi decorating General Chun Doo-Hwan, shaking hands with Chun. (AUGUST, 1980)
GV Two men saluting each other after presentation. ZOOM INTO GV General Chun.
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Background: In South Korea, military leader General Chun Doo-Hwan has moved closer to gaining supreme power. He was nominated on Monday (18 August) to succeed President Choi Kyu-Hah, who had resigned the Saturday before (16 August). General Chun became prominent through heading the investigation into the murder last October of President Park Chung-Hee, who had led the country for eighteen years.
SYNOPSIS: President Choi mounts a platform formally to announce his resignation. He said he had quit after eight months because he wanted to set a precedent for a peaceful change of power. Reuters news agency said this act removed the last obstacle to General Chun's formal assumption of power. In the meantime, Prime Minister Park Choong-Hoon will serve as acting president. With no other candidates having been endorsed by a college of four hundred presidential electors, General Chun was considered certain of election.
President Choi and the man most likely to succeed him shared a formal occasion earlier this month -- when the president handed him the insignia promoting him from three to four star general. Chun, who's 47, had been wearing only two stars when he began the murder investigation. Reuters say General Chun has only to give his consent to formalise the nomination, and he would virtually have the job. He needs to get just a simple majority of the electoral college. Because the constitution forbids a military head of state, he'd have to retire from the army to become president. Government sources have said the election could take place this month (August).