Yoon Suk-yeol

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Yoon Suk-yeol
Yoon Suk-yeol 2022.jpg
Yoon in May 2022
13th President of South Korea
Assumed office
10 May 2022
Prime MinisterKim Boo-kyum
Choo Kyung-ho (acting)
Han Duck-soo
Preceded byMoon Jae-in
Prosecutor General of South Korea
In office
25 July 2019 – 4 March 2021
PresidentMoon Jae-in
Preceded byMoon Moo-il
Succeeded byCho Nam-kwan (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1960-12-18) 18 December 1960 (age 61)
Seoul, South Korea
Political partyPeople Power
Kim Keon-hee (m. 2012)
EducationSeoul National University (LLB, LLM)
ReligionCatholicism (Christian Name: Ambrose)[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationYun Seok-yeol
McCune–ReischauerYun Sok-yol

Yoon Suk-yeol (Hangul: 윤석열; Hanja: 尹錫悅, born 18 December 1960) is a South Korean politician and former public prosecutor. Yoon is the 13th President of South Korea since 2022. He was Prosecutor General of South Korea from 2019 to 2021. As the chief prosecutor of South Korea, Yoon was important in finding former President Park Geun-hye guilty for abuse of power.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Yoon was born and raised in Seoul. In 1979, he graduated from Chungam High School in Seoul. In 1983, he graduated from Seoul National University with an undergraduate degree in law. He then did graduate work at the same university, earning a master's degree from the School of Law in 1988. He was admitted to the bar in 1991.

Professional career[change | change source]

From 1994 through 2001, he worked at district prosecutors offices in Daegu, Seoul and Busan.

In 2008, Yoon became the head prosecutor of Nonsan branch of the Daejeon District Prosecutors Office. From 2009 through 2011, he worked in the Supreme Prosecutor's Office.[3]

In 2013, he rose to head prosecutor of the Yeoju branch of the Suwon District Prosecutor's Office, where he led a special investigation of an opinion- rigging case involving the National Intelligence Service.[3]

In the years 2014 to 2016, he worked at the high prosecutor's offices in Daegu and Daejeon.[3]

In 2016, he led the special probe on the corruption scandal involving President Park Geun-hye, which eventually led to her impeachment. In 2017, he became the head of the Seoul Central Prosecutor's Office.[3]

In 2019, he became Prosecutor General of the nation. He resigned that post in March of 2021.[3]

Presidency (since 2022)[change | change source]

Yoon was the nominee for the conservative People Power Party for president in the 2022 election.[4][5] He defeated Lee Jae-myung by a small amount of votes and was elected president on 9 March 2022.[6]

On 20 March 2022, he announced that he would make his presidential office in the Ministry of National Defense building in Yongsan District, Seoul, instead of the Blue House, which opened as a public park on 10 May 2022.[7] In his inauguration he said he would support talks with North Korea, however called them a threat because of recent missile testing activity.[8]

Personal life[change | change source]

Yoon married Kim Keon-hee in 2012.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "윤석열 후보자 정보 대선2022". joongang.co.kr. Retrieved 4 March 2022.
  2. Shin, Hyonhee (2021-11-05). "S.Korea's ex-top prosecutor to challenge Moon's party in 2022 presidential election". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-02-13.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 주경돈 (2022-03-10). "Chronology of major events in President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol's biography". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2022-03-10.
  4. Lee, Haye-ah (5 November 2021). "(LEAD) Ex-Prosecutor General Yoon wins presidential nomination of main opposition People Power Party". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  5. Jun-tae, Ko (5 November 2021). "Yoon Seok-youl picked as presidential nominee for People Power Party". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 5 November 2021.
  6. Breaking | South Korea election: Yoon Suk-yeol wins mandate to tackle inequality, US-China relations and Kim Jong-un’s nuclear ambitions
  7. S. Korea's next leader to abandon Blue House for new office - SFG(30 March 2022)
  8. South Korea’s new President Yoon Suk Yeol urges North Korean denuclearization in inauguration address