INTRODUCTION: South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan, who was re-elected by the country's electoral college last month, was inaugurated for a further seven-year term in office on Tuesday (3 March).
SV South Korea President Chun Doo-Hwan and wife entering Chamsil Stacium, waving to crowd and shaking hands with officials. (2 SHOTS)
SV President Chun and wife waving to crowd and taking seats.
GV Audience sitting down.
\SV President Chun taking Presidential oath.
GVs Crowd applauding.(2 SHOTS)
SCU President Chun speaking in Korean as crowd listens. (3 SHOTS)
GV Crowd applauding.
SP President Chun and wife leaving stadium.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: South Korean President Chun Doo-Hwan, who was re-elected by the country's electoral college last month, was inaugurated for a further seven-year term in office on Tuesday (3 March). Thousands of invited guests attended the ceremony at Seoul's Chamsil Stadium.
SYNOPSIS: To mark the occasion 2,000 prisoners were released from jail and President Chun announced that a total of 5,221 people would benefit from presidential clemency. A general amnesty is a traditional feature of political celebrations in Korea. Among those affected by the degree are about 1,000 Koreans living overseas, blacklisted mainly for political reasons, who will be allowed home if they wish. But leading dissident Kim Dae-Jung, whose death sentence for sedition was commuted to life imprisonment by President Chun in January, was not included in the amnesty list. The President made it clear he would show no leniency to leftwing supporters nor lift the ban on 567 politicians barred from politics for the next eight years.
In February President Chun repealed martial law, which had been in force since the assassination of President Park Chung-Hee by his own intelligence chief in October 1979, after 18 years of autocratic rule.
In his inuaguration speech, President Chun promised that, unlike his predecessor, he would give up office after seven years and ensure a peaceful transfer of power. Last October the President dissolved the previous Parliament and all existing political parties when he proclaimed a new constitution. He then appointed a provision legislature called the Legislative Council for National Security, made up of political, academic, religious and labour leaders as well as journalists and soldiers. That council will exist until a new Parliament is elected later this month.
Most of the 17 political parties registered with the government management committee have concentrated on the forthcoming Parliament elections. Only four of them submitted presidential candidates to the electoral college.