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Lee Nak-yeon

Lee Nak-yeon

Prime Minister of South Korea
Lee Nak-yeon
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Intro Prime Minister of South Korea
A.K.A. Lee Nak-yon
Is Politician
From South Korea
Type Politics
Gender male
Birth 20 December 1952, Yeonggwang County
Age 68 years
Politics Democratic Party of Korea
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Lee Nak-yeon (Korean이낙연; Hanja李洛淵; born 20 December 1951), also known as Lee Nak-yon, is a South Korean politician who is the 41st and current Prime Minister of South Korea. He previously served as the governor of Jeollanam-do province. Before serving as governor, he worked as a journalist for the Dong-a Ilbo and served as a member of the National Assembly for four terms.

Early life and education

Lee was born on December 20, 1951 in Yeonggwang County in South Jeolla Province. After graduating from Seoul National University with a degree in law, he worked as a journalist for the daily Dong-a Ilbo newspaper until 2000.

Early political career

He entered politics in 2000 "based on his ties with former President Kim Dae-jung he formed while covering politics." Following his departure from the Dong-a Ilbo he was elected as a member of the National Assembly in 2000 and served for four terms. He also served as a spokesman for former President Roh Moo-hyun when he was the president-elect in 2002.

He left office in the middle of his fourth term in 2014 to successfully run for governor of South Jeolla Province.

Prime Minister

On May 10, 2017, he was nominated by President Moon Jae-in to be the next Prime Minister of South Korea, succeeding Hwang Kyo-ahn. He left office as governor of the South Jeolla Province on the same day. He is seen as having close ties with key Japanese politicians, having served many years as a senior officer in the Korea-Japan Parliamentarians' Union. Lee speaks fluent Japanese. On June 25, Prime Minister Lee urged North Korea to release their prisoners. On July 27, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon, who is known to be knowledgeable about Japan, criticized the accord regarding ‘comfort women’. On August 16, Lee reacted negatively to calls for South Korea to possess nuclear weapons, saying the move would undermine Seoul's calls for North Korea to denuclearize, trigger a nuclear arms race and put the country under international sanctions. Reflecting such calls, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party adopted a demand for the redeployment of US tactical nuclear arms as its official party line during a general meeting of its lawmakers. On November 29, Lee raised concerns that cryptocurrencies were corrupting the youth of South Korea, remarking “There are cases in which young Koreans including students are jumping in to make quick money and virtual currencies are used in illegal activities like drug dealing or multi-level marketing for frauds”. On December 13, Prime Minister Lee visited Pyeongchang, where the Winter Olympics are scheduled to be held in February.

Electoral history

Election Year Province Party Affiliation Votes Percentage of votes Results
16th National Assembly General Election 2000 Jeonnam (Hampyong, Yonggwang Counties) Democratic Party (2000) 37,863 60.20% Won
17th National Assembly General Election 2004 Jeonnam (Hampyong, Yonggwang Counties) Democratic Party (2000) 30,123 55.28% Won
18th National Assembly General Election 2008 Jeonnam (Hampyong, Yougggwang, Jangseong Counties) Democratic Party (2008) 42,950 67.93% Won
19th National Assembly General Election 2012 Jeonnam (Damyang, Hampyong, Yonggwang, Jangseong Counties) Democratic United Party 63,887 77.32% Won
Provincial Gubernatorial Election 2014 South Jeolla New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD) 755,036 77.96% Won

Personal life

Lee is married. Lee Nak-yeon's bongwan belongs to the Jeonju Yi clan, which makes him part of the royal Yi family. He is also the 22nd-generation descendant of Grand Prince Wanpung who was the elder half-brother of King Taejo of Joseon, the founder of Joseon Kingdom

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 06 Jul 2019. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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