Jung Hong-won

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Jung Hong-won
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Prime Minister of South Korea
Assumed office
26 February 2013
President Park Geun-hye
Preceded by Kim Hwang-sik
Personal details
Born (1944-10-09) 9 October 1944 (age 69)
Kato County, Korea
(now Hadong County, South Korea)
Political party Saenuri Party
Alma mater Sungkyunkwan University (LL.B.)
Religion Dutch Reformed
Jung Hong-won
Hangul 정홍원
Hanja 鄭烘原
Revised Romanization Jeong Hongwon
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Hongwŏn

Jung Hong-won (Hangul: 정홍원; born October 9, 1944 [1]) is the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. He has served from 26 February 2013. He announced his resignation on 27 April 2014.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jung graduated Bachelor of Laws (undergraduate) from Sungkyunkwan University.[3] After passing the Judicial Examination,[4] he became a prosecutor.


Jung became known after solving several high-profile cases, such as the Lee-Chang scandal (이철희·장영자 어음 사기사건),[3] in which relatives of President Chun Doo-hwan were prosecuted, the Walker Hill Casino scandal.[3]

Jung resigned from his job as a prosecutor in 2003, and then he had served the president of the Institute of Justice(ko:법무연수원)[5] From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Standing Commissioner of the Republic of Korea National Election Commission.[6] From 2008 to 2011, he served as the president of Korea Legal Aid Corporation(ko:대한법률구조공단).[7]

Before the 2012 general election, he entered Saenuri Party. On 8 February 2013, he was nominated as the first Prime Minister president-elect of Park Geun-hye's government. On 26 February 2013, after the National Assembly of South Korea confirmed his nomination, he was formally sworn in. On 27 April 2014, he tendered his prime ministership resignation to the President following the Sinking of the MV Sewol on 16 April 2014, which more than 300 people were killed.[2] President Park accepted the resignation in principle, but Jung will lead the Cabinet before the search and rescue operations of the Sewol come to an end.[8]


Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Hwang-sik
Prime Minister of South Korea