Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam dies

Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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Former South Korean president Kim Young-sam has died at the age of 87.

Mr Kim, who served as president from 1993-98, is believed to have suffered from a severe blood infection and acute heart failure before he died at Seoul National University Hospital.

The former premier was a major player in South Korea’s rise to democracy. He opposed the country’s military dictators for decades and laid the foundation for a peaceful power transfer as president.

He also opposed the US government’s idea of striking a North Korean nuclear complex in 1994, fearing a possible war.

Mr Kim faced humiliation when he accepted a 58 billion dollar bailout from the International Monetary Fund during the Asian financial crisis in the late 1990s.

Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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