Menu Content
Go Top


Gov't Decides Not to Hold State Funeral for Deceased Ex-President

Written: 2021-11-23 19:13:15Updated: 2021-11-23 19:54:25

Gov't Decides Not to Hold State Funeral for Deceased Ex-President

Photo : YONHAP News

The government will not to hold a state funeral for former President Chun Doo-hwan. 

A senior government official announced the decision on Tuesday hours after the former dictator and president died apparently of long-term health problems at the age of 90.  

The government official said state assistance will not be provided even if a funeral is held privately among the bereaved family. Chun’s former presidential secretary Min Jeong-ki earlier in the day had told reporters a family funeral was being arranged. 

The decision draws contrast to government reception of the passing of former President Roh Tae-woo, who died last month and was given a state funeral.

Roh and Chun were both convicted in 1996 of corruption and mutiny for their roles in a 1979 coup and the bloody crackdown on the Gwangju pro-democracy uprising the following year. 

The government was known to have approved a state funeral for Roh for his apologetic stance over past wrongdoings, as well as contributions made via his Nordpolitik policy, which included a non-aggression pact with North Korea. Chun was criticized for refusing to apologize for the events.

Editor's Pick


This website uses cookies and other technology to enhance quality of service. Continuous usage of the website will be considered as giving consent to the application of such technology and the policy of KBS. For further details >