Chun Doo-hwan, South Korea president, dies at 90

By Baek Byung-yeul, CNN • Updated 11th August 2017

On the eve of the International Olympic Committee’s ruling on North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics, a former president of South Korea, Chun Doo-hwan, has died of old age.

Hailing from the same era as legendary dictators Lee Myung-bak and Park Chung-hee, Chun was confirmed dead Wednesday, less than a month after collapsing from a heart attack at home.

He was 90 and will be commemorated at the National Cemetery.

Chun Doo-hwan

During his long reign as president, Chun presided over the record peaceful handover of power from one president to another following a democratic election in 1997.

His time as president fell short of South Korea’s hopes of becoming a developed nation and he was ousted from power in a 1999 constitutional impeachment.

He remained under house arrest until October 2008, when a Seoul court ruled that he did not have to face trial for murder and abuse of power, due to his advancing age.

The maximum age limit for the post of president in South Korea is 80 years, but Chun was 67 at the time of the impeachment.

Chun was president from 1979 to 1998 and he was described as “unparalleled” by Ronald Reagan for the assassination attempts on him in 1986.

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