Prime Minister of South Korea

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Prime Minister of the
Republic of Korea
대한민국 국무총리
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Incumbent
Lee Nak-yeon

since 31 May 2017
StylePrime Minister (총리님)
(informal)
Member ofState Council
National Security Council
AppointerPresident of South Korea
(Subject to the National Assembly's approval)
Term lengthNo fixed term
Constituting instrumentConstitution of South Korea
Inaugural holderLee Beom-seok
FormationJuly 31, 1948; 70 years ago (1948-07-31)
Website(English) pmo.go.kr/
(Korean) pmo.go.kr/

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (국무총리 / 國務總理, Gungmuchongni) is appointed by the President of South Korea, with the National Assembly's approval. The officeholder is not required to be a member of the National Assembly. The Prime Minister is not the head of government but is similar to that of a vice president.

The Sino-Korean word gungmu (국무/國務) means "state affairs" and chongni (총리/總理) means "prime minister", "premier" or "chancellor", so the full title in Korean means literally "Prime Minister for State Affairs", but it is not used as official English title. The short title in Korean is just Chongni.

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