South Korea's armed forces on Thursday (21 August) endorsed General Chun Doo Hwan as the country's only presidential candidate.
GV EXT Military parade in honour of General Chun Doo Hwan in Seoul. (2 SHOTS)
SCU & SV General Chun saluting military. (3 SHOTS)
SCU Defence Minister Choo Young Bok saluting. (2 SHOTS)
SV PAN General Chun and Defence Minister Choo in jeep past guard of honour.
GV & GU General Choo addressing military. (5 SHOTS)
GV PAN Fieldgun salute with General Chun saluting. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Military march-past with General Chun saluting. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: South Korea's armed forces on Thursday (21 August) endorsed General Chun Doo Hwan as the country's only presidential candidate. General Chun is expected to be elected president on Wednesday (27 August) and last Friday (22 August) the General resigned his army post to prepare for his new duties.
SYNOPSIS: The South Korean Armed Forces staged a military ceremony in Seoul to bid farewell to their youngest four-star general, who was promoted just two weeks earlier (5 August).
Genera; Chun appears to have the mantle of the late President Park Chung-Hee firmly within his grasp. Defence Minister Choo Young Bok and most of the armed forces senior staff are behind him. He also won the support of more than two thousand members of the National Conference for Unification (NCU) electoral college, whose 2,540 members meet to elect a president on Wednesday (27 August).
In his retirement speech, General Chun criticised what he called vices which stemmed from long rule. Although he did not mention him by name, the general appeared o be referring to late President Parek Chung-Hee, whose assassination last October brought General Chun to prominence. General Chun said a long rule could not create new history and new order. It could only cause what he called "decay in a bog of conservatism". He called this a historical truth and a common guide for any leader of a state.
After the army had crushed the Kwangju student riots last May, the government was replaced by a military-dominated special committee for national security. General Chun became chairman of its standing committee, which began a purge of all sectors of society. Then the press began to soften General Chun's image. No longer was he pictured as a soldier, but as a bureaucrat in civilian clothes, and editorials stressed that the next president must understand the military. General Chun completed the transformation with a populist rallying call for a welfare state and more equal distribution of wealth.