Pro-Democracy Movement President Kim Young-sam Honored at First Anniversary of Death

Pro-Democracy Movement President Kim Young-sam Honored at First Anniversary of Death

SEOUL, Nov. 22 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's ruling and opposition parties attended a ceremony on Tuesday to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of former president Kim Young-sam, with participants recalling his legacy to promote democracy.

Kim, an iconic figure of the pro-democracy movement that ended decades of military rule in South Korea with his presidency from 1993 to 1998, passed away last year at the age of 87.

During the ceremony, participants praised Kim's efforts to fight for democracy, at great risk to himself, at a time when South Korea was under authoritarian rulers who stamped out dissent and liberties.

Top officials from both ruling and opposition parties, including floor leaders and National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun attended the ceremony.

President Park Geun-hye, who has been remaining low-key since the outbreak of the influence-peddling scandal involving her confidante, as well as U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also sent wreaths to the venue.'

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