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Roh Moo Hyun

(nō mo͞o hyŭn), 1946–2009, South Korean politician, president (2003–8) of South Korea. A self-educated lawyer who defended antigovernment activists in the early 1980s, he was elected to the national assembly in 1988 and served on the special committee investigating government corruption. Elected a second time in 1998, he subsequently served (2000–2001) as maritime affairs and fisheries minister under President Kim Dae JungKim Dae Jung
, 1924–2009, president (1998–2003) of South Korea. A native of South Jeolla prov., Kim was a long-time campaigner for increased democracy and a writer on international issues.
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. Running as the Millenium Democratic party candidate, he was elected president in 2002. Early on his administration was hurt by the corruption scandals that have dogged South Korean politics and political parties, and he was hindered by a parliament dominated by opposition parties. His verbal support for the reformist Uri party, which split from the Millenium Democratic party, led to his impeachment (2004) by the national assembly because the constitution calls for the president to be politically neutral. Roh's impeachment was subsequently overturned, but the Uri party meanwhile won a majority in the assembly, becoming the first liberal party to control a South Korean government. Roh supported continued engagement with North Korea, and in 2007 he traveled to Pyongyang for the second summit between the presidents of North and South Korea. By the end of his term, however, relations between the nations had not seen significant improvement. In April, 2009 he was questioned concerning a $6-million bribery scandal that involved members of his family while he was in office; a month later he committed suicide.
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Earlier, the former and current presidents exchanged verbal attacks after Lee labeled the ongoing probe against his former aides as political retaliation against the death of former leader Roh Moo-hyun, who is considered a close friend and political mentor of Moon.
Two years later he and Roh Moo-hyun opened a law firm, advertising themselves as "lawyers for the poor and defenseless workers and the downtrodden; no fees for consultation.
Born to a poor family in Geoje, a small island located some 420 kilometers south of Seoul, the 64-year-old made his debut in the public arena in 2002 as a key campaigner for then-presidential candidate Roh Moo-hyun.
But the daughter of former military strongman Park Chung-hee has faced criticism over his legacy, as has Moon over his close ties to late President Roh Moo-hyun.
The biennial paper opted for a harsher description than the more nuanced "direct military threat," adopted by the previous liberal administration of Roh Moo-hyun.
A SEA of mourners yesterday filled the streets of Seoul for the funeral of former President Roh Moo-hyun, whose suicide six days ago amid a deepening corruption probe plunged South Korea into grief and anger.
Thousands of mourners packed the streets of South Korea to pay tribute to former President Roh Moo-hyun, who committed suicide by leaping from a cliff on Saturday.
Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans packed the streets of Seoul on Friday for the funeral of former President Roh Moo-hyun.
Roh Moo-Hyun, South Korean ex-president; born, August 6, 1946, died, May 23, 2009
Summary: South Korea's former President Roh Moo-hyun has died while hiking, a top aide has said.
Thousands of South Korean mourners are paying their last respects to Roh Moo-Hyun, the former president, who apparently committed suicide as he faced a corruption scandal.
END OF ROH MOO-HYUN ERA (IHT/Asahi as translated from the Japanese-language Asahi Shimbun's editorial published Feb.