In South Korea they are mourning a former president. Roh Moo-hyun whose five-year term ended last year had been hounded for weeks over a widening corruption scandal. It is reported he leapt to his death from a cliff near his home.
His family paid their final respects ahead of the national funeral in Seoul today. The sixty-two-year-old had been the unexpected winner of the presidential election seven years ago and in a landmark moment during his term, had gone to Pyongyang to meet Kim Jong Il. But by the time he left office he and many of his policies had become deeply unpopular. Now there has been a mass outpouring of grief that has dented the support of his successor Lee Myung-bak with many blaming his government for hounding Roh with the corruption probe. The funeral is the first for one of the country’s presidents elected after South Korea began open elections in 1987.