Goh Kun

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Goh Kun
고건
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President of South Korea
Acting
In office
March 12, 2004 – May 14, 2004
Preceded by Roh Moo-hyun
Succeeded by Roh Moo-hyun (Reinstated)
31st and 36th Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
March 4, 1997 – March 3, 1998
President Kim Young-sam
Kim Dae-jung
Preceded by Lee Soo Sung
Succeeded by Kim Jong-pil
In office
February 26, 2003 – May 25, 2004
President Roh Moo-hyun
Preceded by Kim Suk Soo
Succeeded by Lee Hun Jai (Acting)
Lee Hae Chan
22nd and 31st Mayor of Seoul
In office
December 5, 1988 – December 27, 1990
Preceded by Kim Yong-rae
Succeeded by Park Se-jik
In office
July 1, 1998 – June 30, 2002
Preceded by Cho Soon
Kang Duk-ki (Acting)
Succeeded by Lee Myung-bak
Personal details
Born (1938-01-02) January 2, 1938 (age 76)
Keijo, Japanese Korea
(now Seoul, South Korea)
Political party Democratic Justice (1980-1990)
Democratic Liberal
(1990-1995)
Democratic (1998-2007)
Signature
Goh Kun
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Go Geon
McCune–Reischauer Ko Kŏn
This is a Korean name; the family name is Goh.

Goh Kun (Hangul: 고건, Hanja: 高建, born January 2, 1938) is a South Korean politician. He served as Prime Minister of South Korea from 1997 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2004.[1] In his more recent term, he assumed the role of interim President following President Roh Moo-Hyun's impeachment, from March 12, 2004 until May 14, 2004 when the South Korean Constitutional Court overturned the impeachment decision and restored Roh's powers as President. [2][3] He is known as a solid, hardworking civil servant. One of Goh Kun's nicknames is "Mr. Stability," reflecting his ability to survive changes of government and other political upheavals.

Career[edit]

Goh was a Minister during the 1980s, and then Mayor of Seoul from 1988 to 1990[1] (appointed) and from 1998 to 2002 (elected).

He resigned from the office of Prime Minister on May 24, 2004 after refusing to comply with the President's request to replace cabinet members.

In June 2006, Goh announced his candidacy for the presidential race.[4]

On January 16, 2007, he announced that he would no longer be a candidate for the Korean Presidential Elections and that he would retire from political life.[5]

Yet on December 21, 2009, Goh Kun was named head of social unity council by President Lee Myung-bak.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 고건 (in Korean). Nate people. Retrieved 2010-01-22. 
  2. ^ "Parliament Impeaches South Korea President". NY Times. Retrieved 2004-03-13. 
  3. ^ "South Korea Parliament Votes To Strip President of Powers". NY Times. Retrieved 2004-03-12. 
  4. ^ "Goh Kun to Run for President on Center Coalition Ticket". Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2006-06-02. 
  5. ^ "South Korea Contender Drops Out". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-01-16. 

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Preceded by
Kim Yong-rae
Mayor of Seoul
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Park Se-jik
Preceded by
Kang Duk-ki
Mayor of Seoul
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by
Lee Soo-Sung
Prime Minister of South Korea
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Kim Jong-pil
Preceded by
Kim Suk-Soo
Prime Minister of South Korea
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Lee Haechan
Preceded by
Roh Moo-hyun
(Impeached)
Head of State of South Korea
2004
Succeeded by
Roh Moo-hyun
(Reinstated)