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ELECTION DEFEAT PROMPTS ROH TO FIRE AIDES

President Roh Tae-woo fired his intelligence chief and two Cabinet ministers Monday, seeking to spread the blame for a humiliating election defeat.

The intelligence agency is suspected of deep involvment in vote-rigging.No official reason was given for the shakeup, which included the firing of the agriculture and transportation ministers.

It had been anticipated, however, after Roh's governing Democratic Liberal Party lost its parliamentary majority by one seat in March 24 elections.