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Former South Korean president Roh Tae Woo dies

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Former South Korean president Roh Tae Woo has died aged 88, Yonhap news agency reported Tuesday, citing his aides. Roh, who served as president from 1988-93, was recently admitted to hospital after his health deteriorated, they said. Roh, a former general, succeeded former president Chun Doo Hwan after helping him seize power through a 1979 military coup. The coup filled a power vacuum created by the death of former authoritarian President Park Chung Hee. As pro-democracy rallies spread massively across the nation in 1987, Roh accepted calls for a direct presidential system and was elected pre…

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