President Roh Tae-woo named a controversial former general on Monday to a top post in South Korea's ruling party.

In an unexpected appointment, Roh named to the No. 2 post of the Democratic Justice Party former four-star general Park Joon-byong, blamed by the opposition for his alleged leading role in the army's repression of the 1980 Kwangju uprising.As forecast, Roh, who saw his party lose its National Assembly majority in last week's general election, made parliamentary veteran Yun Gil-jung, 71, the party chairman.

Park, 57, was a divisional commander when then army strongman Chun Doo Hwan sent crack troops to crush the civilian rebellion in the southwestern city. At least 193 people were killed.