Let's see some Presidents !!!!

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  1. Philbeaux

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  2. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    issued Nov.12th,1983,commemorating President Reagan´s visit of
    South-Korea.
     
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  3. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    issued Oct.29th,1984
    President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom,born 1937, (right,Pres.Chun left) ruled the Maldive Islands for thirty years,1978-2008.His rule was autocratic,if not
    dictatorial.However under his rule the Maldives developed well,so he is still
    liked by many people.
     
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  4. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    issued Feb.24th,1988
    Former general Roh-Tae-Woo (born 1932) was the handpicked candidate for succession of president-dictator Chun.
    However Roh insisted on a democratic election.
    As both Kims also run,Roh could win with less than 40% of the vote.
    In his presidency(1988-1993)he worked to establish a democraticly ruled
    South-Korea.
    A few years later he was put on trial for high treason,due to his role in the
    coup d`etat,what brought Chun Doo Hwan into power.He got a lengthy
    jail term - Chun got the death-penalty -,but both former presidents were
    pardoned very soonly.
     
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  5. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    issued Feb.25th,1993
    Kim Young-sam,president from 1993-1998 was a leading member of the opposition against the military rulers of South Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.
    In the run-up to the 1993 election he merged his party with that of Ro Tae-woo,
    president from 1988-1993.So he could secure a majority.
    He ended the rule of the military and put the former presidents Chun and Rho
    on trial for high treason for their part in the 1979 coup de etat.
     

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  6. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Kim Dae jung 1924-2009.president of South-Korea 1998-2003
    Kim studied in a commercial college and started woking in a shipping company
    in 1943.After independence from Japan in 1945,he became the head of that
    company till 1955.
    In 1954 he entered politics.He was a candidate in the presidential elections of
    1955,but lost against Syngman Rhee.He headed the opposition against
    Park Chung-Hee,but lost again in the 1971 presidential elections.
    1972 he went into exile to Japan,but was kidnapped by the Korean Secret Service in 1973 and was brought back to Korea.He remained in prison or
    house arrest till 1979.After the Kwangju Massaker he was put on trial for
    high treason and was sentenced to death.Under international pressure president
    Chun Doo Hwan commuted his sentence to 20 years imprisonment in 1980.
    However in 1982 he was allowed to leave for the US.He returned to Korea in
    1985.In 1987 and 1992 he lost twice,but did win the presidential elections
    of 1987.During his presidency 1988-1993,he was the first president of
    South Korea,who visited North Korea,where he met Kim jong-il.That won him
    the Peace Nobel Prize of 2000.
     
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  7. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Issued Feb.21st,1975,commemorating the first anniversary of Laos peace accord.(from a set of 3)
    From left to right: prime minister Prince Souvanna Phouma (neutralist),
    King Savang Vatthana and Prince Souphanouvong (1909-1995) nominal leader
    of the communist Pathet Lao and president of the Lao Republic from 1975-1991.

    Souphanouvong,called "The Red Prince" became president,when the communist Pathet Lao took power in 1975 and the monarchy was abolished.
    He remained president till 1991,but because of health reasons stepped aside
    in 1986 and Phoumi Voungvichit became acting president.
     
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  8. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

    I nearly forgot,that there is one more stamp,showing president Prince Souphanouvong:
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    issued Dec.2nd,1982; from a set of 7,"Peoples Republic 7th anniversary";
     
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  9. RICHARD Babcock

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  10. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Muhammed Ayub Khan 1907-1974 was the youngest general Pakistan ever had.
    He became chief of the armed forces in 1951.In 1954 he became minister for
    defence.In a coup d´etat 1958 he became president of Pakistan.
    During his rule he strengthened the ties to China,as an ally against India.
    When the prime minister of India J.Nehru died in 1964,Ayub Khan saw a
    chance to conquer Kashmir.He started the second Indo-Pakistan War in 1965.
    Militarily it went not to bad,but there was no real gain.The Soviet Union brokered a peace deal in Tashkent,what led to the status quo ante.
    The economy of Pakistan however,was damaged badly by that war.
    Ayub Khan met troubles on many more fields: in East-Pakistan,with Z.A.Bhutto
    (his former foreign minister) and with a worsening health.
    In 1969 he resigned and gave the presidency to general Yahya Khan.
     
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  12. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Zulfikar Ali Bhutto (1928 - 1979) was born in Sindh province into a
    noble Rajput-family,what had converted to Islam.After his studies in
    Britain,USA etc.he returned to Pakistan in 1953 and practised as a
    lawyer.
    When Ayub Khan seized power,Bhutto held several ministerial posts
    and became foreign minister in 1963.
    When Ayub´s star began to sink,after the desastrous 1965-war aginst
    India,Bhutto resigned,formed his own party (Pakistan People´s Party)
    and "fought" against the "dictatorship of Ayub".
    Bhutto was shortly imprisoned and sided with General Yahya Khan,
    when he overthrew Ayub.
    Yahya was forced to hold elections in 1970.Bhutto´s P.P.P. won by
    a large margin in West-Pakistan,while the Awami-League won in
    East-Pakistan.
    At the time East-Pakistan had a bigger population than the West
    and therefore the Awami-League,asking for a total autonomy for
    the East,had the majority of seats in the Pakistan parliament.
    However Bhutto,backed by the Military would not accept a
    government formed by the Awami-League,nor would he join in a coalition-government.
    The Awami-League then declared independence from Pakistan
    under the name Bangladesh.
    The Pakistan Army tried to quell the "unrest" with outmost brutal
    force,leading to an independence war.India intervened,the Pakistan
    Army was defeated and Bangladesh became independent.
    According to Bangladesh about three million people died and twenty
    million refugees fled to India.
    Bhutto took power in West-Pakistan,now Pakistan.
    1973 a new consttution was put in place,what shifted the political
    power to the prime minister and left a ceremonial role for the
    president.Bhutto became prime minister.
    After an presumably rigged election,the army took power again in 1977 and Bhutto was deposed.
    He later was put on trial,not for his role in the Bangladesh-tragedy,
    but for having ordered the assassination of a political foe in 1974.
    He was found guilty and sentenced to death.
    Several foreign governments pleaded for clemency and,- yes capital
    punishment is an uncivilized punishment - nevertheless,Bhutto
    was hanged on April 4th,1979.
     
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  13. Werner Salentin

    Werner Salentin Well-Known Member

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    Wilhelm Piek (1876-1960) was the first and only president of the DDR (GDR).
    The above stamps (plus 5 Pf. and 12 Pf.,same as 24 Pf.) were issued
    as definitives on May 27th,1950.An additional 5.- DM value was issued
    on Jan.3rd,1951.(DDR Wmk.1)
    The set,except of the 5.- DM value,was reissued with a different
    watermark (DDR Wmk.2) from August 1952 till 1953.

    Pres DDR 342.jpg

    The 1.- DM and 2.- DM-values were issued in a new design in 1953,
    on paper with DDR Wmk.2.
    Both stamps were re-issued in 1957/58 on paper with DDR Wmk.3.
    There are slight differences in colours and size as well.

    Wilhelm Piek was born in Guben as son of a coachman.A carpenter
    by profession,he was engaged in the early trade-unions and workers-
    rights movements.As a conscripted soldier during the First World War
    he agitated against the war and was put on a court-marshall trial.
    Before the end of the trial,he could escape and went underground.
    When the war ended,he became political active again.He was a
    co-founder of the KPD 1920 (Communist Party of Germany) and remained in leading positions,till Hitler came to power.
    Piek fled to France and on to Russia.He survived the Stalin-purges
    and returned to Germany after the end of WW II.
    When in early 1946 the merger of the KPD and the SPD (Social
    Democratic Party of Germany) was forced by the communists,
    Piek became co-chairman of the newly formed SED (Socialist Unified Party of Germany),a position he held till his death.
    In 1949,when the two german states were established,Piek was
    named President of the DDR.
    However both functions,SED-co-chairman and president were more
    a function of representation,than of real political power.The real
    leader was Walter Ulbricht,the chairman of the ZK (Central Committee)
    of the SED.

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    mourning s.s.,issued Sept.10th,1960

    After Piek´s death,the post of a president of the DDR was abolished
    and replaced by a gremium: the "Staatsrat" (state-council),headed by
    Walter Ulbricht as chairman.
     
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