Kim Hwang-sik

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Kim Hwang-sik
Kim Hwang Sik-1-1.jpg
37th Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
1 October 2010 – 26 February 2013
PresidentLee Myung-bak
Preceded byYoon Jeung-hyun (Acting)
Succeeded byJung Hong-won
Personal details
Born (1948-08-09) 9 August 1948 (age 71)
Jangseong, South Jeolla, South Korea
Alma materSeoul National University
University of Marburg
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Hwang-sik
McCune–ReischauerKim Hwangsik

Kim Hwang-sik (Korean김황식; Hanja金滉植; born 9 August 1948) is a South Korean lawyer and politician who was the country's Prime Minister from October 2010 to February 2013. He was the former Chairperson of the Board of Audit and Inspection, as well as the longest-serving Prime Minister of South Korea since 1987. He was the only member in the Lee Myung-bak Government who came from the liberal Honam Region.


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.


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

External links[edit]

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