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Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 3:48 am

The results of S. Korea's 2002 Presidential Election is out. Current ruling party Millennium Democratic Party's candidate Roh Moo-Hyun beat Lee Hoi-Chang (Opposition; Grand National Party) by nearly 2.3%.

The election is seen as a referendum on Korea's policy to the US and US army in Korea.

Roh promise that he'll continuing the current "Sunshine Policy", unfavoured by US, which claims North Korea as "axis of evil". Lee's policy is backed by US - freezing dialogue until Pyongyang dismantles its suspected nuclear programme.

Both Roh and Lee promised to revised it's accord that governs US troops in S. Korea. However, Roh is seen as less pro-American.

 
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 3:52 am

Could Lee Hoi-Chang take this to the U.S. Supreme Court?  Smile



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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 4:25 am

Man, I'm sure the Korean people were thinking "hrm, I wonder what the US thinks of this candidate?" when they went to the polls.
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 4:27 am

777236ER...I was about to say the same thing...
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 4:41 am

Did Roh Moo-Hyun win the electoral vote too?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 7:46 am

This election was heavily influenced by attitudes towards America particularly after the incident involing the girls. thinking otherwise is asinine.

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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 10:21 am

Lol TNNH, I think the Korean people care more about the personal benefits of their leadership (ie. the candidates internal policies) that how pissed off America will be at the election.

Is this another example of America loving democracy, but only when people vote for pro-American parties?
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Fri Dec 20, 2002 10:43 am

"The election is seen as a referendum on Korea's policy to the US and US army in Korea."

Where did you get that claim from Bigo ?

Media here claim it to be referendum between old-gaurd cold warriors and the younger generation of political and economic leaders. They do have things on their plate other than attitudes toward the US you know.

An interesting and perhaps surprising result either way.
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 12:07 pm

Darn it! Golly gee willikers!
 
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 12:52 pm

Did Roh Moo-Hyun win the electoral vote too?

No, I don't believe Korea's voting system is the same as American's.

"The election is seen as a referendum on Korea's policy to the US and US army in Korea."

Where did you get that claim from Bigo ?


This is according to the BBC.
 
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 1:07 pm

Oops ! Mine too, don't know what to tell you.
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 2:53 pm

PacJourn:

You seem to be unfamiliar with the election. It appears to have been heavily influenced on Korean-American relations, so much so that the winner lost his strongest backer just yesterday because of a comment on.... you guessed it, Korean-American relations.

read this report from AP:

You may get a better idea what it was about because you seem not to know:
http://www.salon.com/news/wire/2002/12/19/roh/index.html

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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 4:57 pm

Bigo747:
My "electoral vote" comment was meant as a joke.  Smile
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 7:09 pm

TNNH

Bit much to call the election a 'referendum' on that one issue though don't you think ?
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 8:30 pm

Maybe it's time to bring home the 37K troops and let the South fend for themselves.

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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 8:50 pm

Ah, so it's true. The world is allowed democracy, but only if they choose the leader the US likes.
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RE: Korean Presidential Election 02: Big Blow To US

Fri Dec 20, 2002 8:53 pm

{spoken with southern drawl}


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