Lee Nak-yeon

Lee Nak-yeon

Lee Nak-yeon
Lee Nak-yeon 이낙연
45th Prime Minister of South Korea
Assumed office
31 May 2017
President Moon Jae-in
Preceded by Yoo Il-ho (Acting)
Governor of South Jeolla Province
In office
1 July 2014 – 10 May 2017
Preceded by Park Jun-young
Succeeded by Kim Gap-seop (Acting)
Member of the National Assembly
In office
30 May 2000 – 15 May 2014
Preceded by Kim In-gon
Succeeded by Lee Gae-ho
Constituency Damyang, Hampyeong, Yeonggwang and Jangseong
 south korea prime minister 
Personal details
Born (1951-12-05) 5 December 1951
Yeonggwang, South Korea
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Kim Suk-hee
Children 1
Education Seoul National University (LLB)
Lee Nak-yeon
Hangul 이낙연
Hanja 李洛淵
Revised Romanization I Nak-yeon
McCune–Reischauer I Nak-yŏn

Lee Nak-yeon (Korean: 이낙연, ), also known as Lee Nak-yon, is a South Korean politician who is the 45th 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 5, 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. Lee Nak-yeon 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 Jella 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.

Electoral history

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

Personal life

Lee is married with one son. 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 Prince Wanpung, who was the elder brother of King Taejo of Joseon, the founder of Joseon Dynasty

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