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Chun Doo-hwan

Chun Doo-hwan
Personal data
Date of birth18 January 1931(age 84)
Place of birthHapcheon, South Gyeongsang, Korea now in South Korea
NationalityKorean
Political partyDemocratic Justice
SpouseRhee Soon-ja
ReligionBuddhism
Military service
Service/branchRepublic of Korea Army
RankGeneral
11th and 12th President of South Korea
In office1 September 1980 - 25 February 1988
Prime ministerYoo Chang Soon
Kim Sang Hyup
Chin Iee Chong
Lho Shin Yong
Lee Han Key
Kim Chung Yul
Succeeded byRoh Tae-woo
Preceded byChoi Kyu-ha

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Chun Doo-hwan (born January 18, 1931) was a ROK Army general and the President of South Korea from 1980 to 1988. Chun was sentenced to death in 1996 for his heavy-handed response to the Gwangju Democratization Movement, but later pardoned by President Kim Young-sam with the advice of then President-elect Kim Dae-jung, whom Chun himself had sentenced to death some 20 years earlier.


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