President of South Korea
|President of the|
Republic of Korea
|Style||Mr. President (대통령님)|
His Excellency (대통령 각하)
(in international correspondence)
|Member of||State Council|
National Security Council
National Unification Advisory Council
|Seat||Seoul, South Korea|
|Appointer||Direct popular vote|
|Term length||Five years|
|Constituting instrument||Constitution of South Korea|
|Inaugural holder||Syngman Rhee|
The President of the Republic of Korea (Hangul: 대한민국 대통령; Hanja: 大韓民國 大統領; RR: Daehan Minguk Daetongryeong) is in charge of the cabinet, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the head of state of South Korea.
If the National Assembly votes against a presidential decision, it will be declared void immediately.
Powers and duties of the president[change | change source]
The president is required to:
- uphold the Constitution
- preserve the safety and homeland of South Korea
- work for the peaceful reunification of Korea, typically act as the Chairperson of the National Unification Advisory Council
List of presidents[change | change source]
Living former presidents[change | change source]
As of January 2020, four former presidents are alive:
|Image||Name||Term of office||Age|
|Chun Doo-hwan||1980–1988||88 years, 363 days|
|Roh Tae-woo||1988–1993||87 years, 43 days|
|Lee Myung-bak||2008–2013||78 years, 28 days|
|Park Geun-hye||2013–2017||67 years, 348 days|
The longest-lived President was Yun Bo-seon, who died on July 18, 1990 (at the age of 92 years, 326 days).
The most recent President to die was Kim Young-sam, who died on November 22, 2015 (at the age of 87 years, 337 days).
References[change | change source]
- Article 70 of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea.
- McCurry, Justin (2017-05-09). "Who is Moon Jae-in, South Korea's new president?". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
- Sang-hun, Choe (2017-05-09). "South Korea Elects Moon Jae-in, Who Backs Talks With North, as President". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-10.