Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo Passes Away

Former South Korean president Roh Tae-woo died on Tuesday (26/10). Roh died at the age of 88.

Seoul National University Hospital said Roh died while being treated for an undisclosed illness.

Roh came to power after participating in a military coup. He won the general election in 1987, which was the country’s first step towards a democratic process.

He was sworn in as president in 1988 and held that position for five years. But in 1996, Roh was found guilty of corruption during his tenure as president and sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. He was pardoned in 1997 and acquitted of his sentence.

Roh stayed away from cameras and public events after being released from prison. He refrained from engaging in political activities or giving public speeches. [lt/jm/rs]

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