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S. Korea to commemorate 10th year of ex-president Kim Dae-jung's death

All Headlines 17:57 August 16, 2019

SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Yonhap) -- An official ceremony to commemorate the death of former President Kim Dae-jung 10 years ago will be held in Seoul on Sunday, organizers said.

The Kim Dae Jung Peace Center said on Friday about 2,000 people are expected to participate in the event starting at 10 a.m. at the Seoul National Cemetery.

National Assembly Speaker Moon Hee-sang, who heads the commemoration committee, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, Presidential Chief of Staff Noh Young-min and the leaders of five political parties will attend the event, the center said.

Kim, a long-time opposition leader and pro-democracy fighter, became president in early 1998. He is credited with leading the nation to overcome a financial crisis and launching inter-Korean peace efforts with his "sunshine policy," for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000.

He died from complications from pneumonia on Aug. 18, 2009, at the age of 85.

A visitor looks at a photo of late former President Kim Dae-jung at Kimdaejung Convention Center in Gwangju, 330 kilometers south of Seoul, on Aug. 5, 2019. The photo was part of an exhibition commemorating his death on Aug. 18, 2009.


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