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Ex South Korean leader Chun Doo-hwan dies aged 90

13:46, 23 November 2021
Ex South Korean leader Chun Doo-hwan dies aged 90 Photo: pixabay.com

The former President of South Korea President Chun Doo-hwan who was the leader of Korea starting from the military coup in 1979 died at 90-years-old.


Chun received a commuted death sentence for the massacre of pro-democratic protesters back in 1980 in Gwangju where thousands of people were killed.

Chun denied that he did the wrong thing and claimed that such a step was important for the nation to overcome the crisis and politics and survive.

"I am sure that I would take the same action, if the same situation arose," Chun said during one of the court hearings.

His death was caused by his age as well as the fact that he had suffered from several myeloma as well as blood cancer.

The current President of the country Moon Jae expressed condolences to the family of the deceased, however he will not send flowers as a sign of respect to his home, according to the President’s spokesperson.

Chun’s death came just a month after the death of the 88-year-old Roh Tae-woo who had also played a vital role in the 1979 coup.

During Chun’s rule which lasted eight years the country flourished economically but at the same time was ruled by an iron fist.

His rule ended following student’s protest which demanded a democratic political system.

Only in 1995 he was charged with treason and mutiny.

His death sentence was commuted and then pardoned due to the already-mentioned efforts of Chun to stabilize the economy.

Chun’s family currently has about 100 billion won in debt ($84,100,000) despite vowing to pay them, however they are still there.

Chun wanted his body to be cremated and buried on the border with North Korea but now it is up to his family to make the final decision.