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Syngman Rhee

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Syngman Rhee

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Rhee was elected the first president of South Korea in 1948 and led his nation during the Korean War. His authoritarian regime clamped down on all forms of dissent. Rhee was ultimately forced to resign and flee the country in 1960.

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