Former South Korean military dictator Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90 | Politics News

 Former South Korean military dictator Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90 | Politics News

Former South Korean President Chun Doo-hwan, whose iron-fisted rule of the country following a 1979 military coup triggered massive democracy protests, has died at the age of 90, his former press aide said.

Chun, whose health had deteriorated recently, died at his Seoul home early in the morning, former press secretary Min Chung-ki told reporters. His body will be moved to a hospital for a funeral later in the day.

A former military commander, Chun presided over the 1980 Gwangju army massacre of pro-democracy demonstrators, a crime for which he was later convicted and received a commuted death sentence.

His death came about a month after that of former president and coup comrade Roh Tae-woo, who played a crucial but controversial role in the country’s troubled transition to democracy.

An aloof, ramrod-straight Chun during his mid-1990s trial defended the coup as necessary to save the nation from a political crisis and denied…

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