Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo passes way at 88

SEOUL: 26, OCTOBER, 2021: Ex-South Korean President Roh Tae-woo passed away at the age of 88 on Tuesday, a hospital sources confirmed. According to the Seoul National University Hospital, Roh Tae-woo died while being treated for an illness. He had been in poor health since 2002 when he received surgery for prostate cancer and he was repeatedly hospitalized in recent years. Roh was born on Dec. 4, 1932, the son of a poor farmer in Talsong County, near the southeastern city of Taegu. He was educated first at the Korean Military Academy in Seoul and later attended a psychological warfare course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Roh Tae-woo is a former South Korean politician and army general who served as President of South Korea from 1988 to 1993. Roh began his military career during the 1950-1953 Korean War and was the commander of a combat unit in the Vietnam War. He was a leader of the Democratic Justice Party and is known for passing the June 29 Declaration in 1987. After leaving office, Roh admitted amassing a fortune in kickbacks and went to prison. "I now feel limitlessly shameful for being a former president," Roh told the public in a tearful televised apology in 1995 for secretly amassing a $654 million slush fund while in office. (04)

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