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Korea says final farewell to former President Kim Young-sam Updated: 2015-11-27 03:50:46 KST


Thousands of mourners stood under a light dusting of snow to pay their final respects to former President Kim Young-sam at the state funeral held for him on Thursday at the National Assembly.
Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn, who headed the funeral organizing committee, delivered an address on behalf of the nation.


"The spirit of Kim Young-sam will live on here at the National Assembly. We will aspire to build a peaceful and prosperous country, in line with the late president's wishes."

The ceremony was invitation only but members of the public were able to watch from a distance.
It was the first state funeral held in Korea after the State Funeral Act was revised a year ago to allow state funerals for national leaders.
The eulogy was given by Kim Soo-han, who was part of the "Sangdo-dong faction" led by Kim Young-sam.
Kim Soo-han served as the National Assembly speaker during the last two years of Kim's presidency and he currently heads the Kim Young Sam Center for Democracy.


"As a true civilian politician, Kim loved and served the people. He sacrificed his life for democracy and civil rights. It's impossible to imagine you could leave us behind so soon."

Afterward, the leaders of three religions -- Protestant, Catholic and Buddhist -- performed last rites for the deceased.
The rituals were followed by flower offerings given by the former president's relatives, government officials and foreign dignitaries.

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"Former President Kim Young-sam will be remembered by many Koreans as a proud pro-democracy leader who fought against militant regimes, as well as the first civilian president following decades of military rule.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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