Kim Hwang-sik

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Hwang-sik
김황식
Kim Hwang Sik-1-1.jpg
Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
1 October 2010 – 26 February 2013
President Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by Yoon Jeung-hyun (Acting)
Succeeded by Jung Hong-won
Personal details
Born (1948-08-09) 9 August 1948 (age 65)
Jangseong, South Korea
Alma mater Seoul National University
University of Marburg
Korean name
Hangul 김황식
Hanja
Revised Romanization Gim Hwang-sik
McCune–Reischauer Kim Hwangsik

Kim Hwang-sik (Hangul: 김황식; hanja: 金滉植; born 9 August 1948) is a South Korean lawyer and politician who became the country's Prime Minister on 1 October 2010. He is the former Chairperson of the Board of Audit and Inspection.

Biography[edit]

He was born in Jangseong, studied law at Marburg University (Germany) and graduated from Seoul National University. He passed National Judicial Examination and had since made rounds through regional courts as a judge. He served as a Supreme Court justice from 2005 to 2008. He has served as the Chairperson of Board of Audit and Inspection from September 2008. On 16 September 2010, he was nominated as the new prime minister.[1] After the National Assembly's confirmation hearing on 29 September, Kim was confirmed as the Prime Minister on October 1, 2010. Kim quit the BAI post just halfway into its four-year term; he was the second person to be appointed prime minister straight from the top BAI post after Lee Hoi-chang.

Draft dodging controversy[edit]

Kim was exempted from being drafted for the two-year military service in 1972 by claiming to have a thyroid gland disorder.[2] His brother ran the hospital which gave him the diagnosis. In 1973 he was exempted again due to an "extreme imbalance" between the vision in his left and right eyes, despite having played badminton at a high level throughout his teens.[2] These inconsistencies were one of the main topics on which his confirmation hearing for the prime ministry focused.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b MC Catch-22, The Economist Asia View, 14 Oct 2010

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Political offices
Preceded by
Yoon Jeung-hyun
Acting
Prime Minister of South Korea
2010–2013
Succeeded by
Jung Hong-won