South Korean voters go to the polls on April 27 to decide who should lead their country for the next four years -- President Chung-hee Park or his main opposition rival, Mr.
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Background: South Korean voters go to the polls on April 27 to decide who should lead their country for the next four years -- President Chung-hee Park or his main opposition rival, Mr. Dae-Jung Kim.
This film shows President Park addressing voters at Chungju City, south of Seoul, Mr. Kim at a rally in Seoul itself, and some shots of the urban scene in the capital.
President Park, aged 53 is a soldier turned politician, seeking a third consecutive term as South Korea's leader in continued confrontation with the communist north. tensions have persisted since the end of the three-year Korean war in 1953.
President Park maintains that it is important in relation to North Korea that the South should sustain the rapid economic growth it has had in recent years ( third fastest in the west after Japan and Israel).
He took power after a coup ten years ago and was first elected President in 1963. With the support of his ruling democratic party - which has massive organisational strength and ample campaign funds - he is generally given the edge over Mr. Kim.
Mr. Kim is a popular figure with the youth of the country, although at 45 he is a veteran parliamentarian. He has conducted an American-style whistle-stop tour, attracting big crowds. He asks voters to deny President Park a third term, setting a precedent for peacefully changing their Government ( the last two changes came after disorders). Mr. Kim is the nominee of the New Democratic Party.
Both South Korean leaders are united in rejecting North Korean proposals for direct political talks on unification. They turned down a recent proposal for a meeting at the armistrice village of Panmunjom or in a third country. The North Koreans want unified central Government set up through north and south General elections held independently, without U.N. supervision.
The North also wants reduction of North and South Korean forces to 100,000 or less each after American troops are withdrawn from the south, a process which is proceeding steadily.
SYNOPSIS: At a Presidential election I ally in Chungju city, south of Seoul, President Chung -Hee Park of South Korea appealed on Wednesday for support and a third term in power. The voters go to the polls on the 27th April.
Fifty-three year-old President Park, a soldier-turned-politician took power after a coup ten years ago, and was first elected President in 1963. With the support of his ruling democratic party - which has massive organisational strength and ample campaign funds - he is expected to have the edge of his opponent Mr. Dae-Jung Kim, of the New Democratic Party. President Park and Mr. Kim are united in rejecting North Korean proposals for direct political talks on unification. Both turned down a recent North Korean proposal for a meeting to discuss a unified central government of divided Korea, to be set up through North and South general elections held independently, without U. N. supervision.
Opposition leader Mr. Dae-Jung Kim of the New Democratic Party agreed with President Parkin calling the North's move nothing more than a political propaganda move designed to disrupt the Presidential race. Mr. Kim has appealed to the youth of the country, calling for a change in Government at mammoth rallies like this one in Seoul, attended by 100,000 people.
President Park maintains that it is important in relation to North Korea that the South should maintain the rapid economic growth it has achieved in recent years. In Seoul there is ample evidence of dynamism in the new buildings shooting up in the city centre, and the improved living standards of the people. South Korea's rate of economic growth has been third fastest in the world in the last few years, after Japan & Israel.
There is still much to be done, as the older houses in the city indicate, with their cramped narrow and dirty streets. President Park has conceded to his critics that efforts to improve the situation have been impaired by corruption. Under the proposed Government of the opposition however, he says it would be much worse.