Roh Moo Hyun

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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Han, 67, is a former two-term lawmaker who in April 2006 became the nation's first-ever female prime minister under the late liberal President Roh Moo Hyun. She resigned from the position less than a year later to make a failed bid for the presidency.
A South Korea professor and adviser to President Roh Moo Hyun told foreign journalists Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il considers the issue of Japanese kidnapped to the North as over.
They wrote that candidate Roh Moo Hyun was trailing in the elections, and readers then text-messaged each other to go vote for Roh, who claimed victory.
The South Koreans have elected a president, Roh Moo Hyun, who displays skepticism about the U.S.
In December the South Korean people broke decisively with the existing political system, and the elites within it who date back to the Korean War, by electing Roh Moo Hyun. Roh is a lawyer who came up the hard way: Born into a dirt-poor family that could not afford college, he schooled himself in the law and passed Korea's notoriously difficult bar exam on his first try.
They want the "Sunshine" policy of Kim Dae Jung and newly elected President Roh Moo Hyun to continue, and the citizen diplomacy to work its course.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered condolences Thursday about the death of former South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura said at a press conference that Japan has its ''own hope'' for the summit and would be ''grateful'' to South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun if he conveys Japan's wish for a settlement of the abduction issue to North Korean leader Kim Jong Il.
BEIJING/SEOUL - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il on Monday sent a message of condolences through state-run media to the family of former South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun, who apparently committed suicide over the weekend.
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said Friday he would welcome South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun to come to Tokyo and visit Yasukuni Shrine's controversial war museum following Roh's remarks that he would like to do so if approved by the Japanese side.
Former South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun was confirmed dead Saturday morning after falling from a mountain, police said.
''President Roh Moo Hyun's remarks do not make any points,'' said Abe, Tokyo's top spokesman.