Lee Hae-chan

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Lee Hae-chan
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Leader of the Democratic Party
Assumed office
25 August 2018
Preceded byChoo Mi-ae
32nd Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
30 June 2004 – 15 March 2006
PresidentRoh Moo-hyun
Preceded byGoh Kun
Succeeded byHan Myeong-sook
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
30 May 2012
Succeeded byNew constituency
In office
30 May 1996 – 29 May 2008
Preceded byLee Hae-chan
Succeeded byKim Hee-chull
ConstituencyGwanak B (Seoul)
In office
30 May 1988 – 30 June 1995
Preceded byYim Churl-soon, Kim Soo-han
Succeeded byLee Hae-chan
ConstituencyGwanak B (Seoul)
Minister of Education
In office
3 March 1998 – 24 May 1999
PresidentKim Dae-jung
Preceded byLee Myung-hyun
Succeeded byKim Duk-choong
Personal details
Born (1952-07-10) July 10, 1952 (age 67)
Cheongyang, South Chungcheong, South Korea
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSeoul National University
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Haechan
McCune–ReischauerI Haech'an

Lee Hae-chan (born July 10, 1952) is a South Korean politician currently serving his seventh term in the National Assembly. In August 27, 2018, he was elected the leader of the centrist liberal Democratic Party of Korea.

He was the former Prime Minister of South Korea.[1] He was nominated by president Roh Moo-hyun on June 8, 2004, confirmed by the National Assembly on June 29, and took office on June 30. On March 14, 2006, he resigned amidst the so-called golf game scandal.

He also served as the minister of education under former president Kim Dae-jung from 1998 to 1999, presiding over controversial education reforms including revamping the college entrance process and lowering the retirement age of teachers. The first reform in particular, which at the time was summed up in the slogan that being good at one thing was enough to get into college, was criticised for allegedly lowering dramatically the scholastic competence of the so-called "Lee Hae-chan generation" of then-high school students.

His nomination as prime minister met some resistance due to his record as minister of education, which many consider a failure. Since taking office, however, Lee has proved an able prime minister, being described by some as the most powerful prime minister South Korea has seen.

On March 1, 2006, the Korean Railroad Workers Union and Seoul Subway Union entered a strike together. The strike of railroad and subway at the same time proved to be a fatal blow at the nation's economic activity, especially Seoul area, where traffic heavily depend on subway, which is controlled by these two unions. Prime Minister Lee was supposed to command the situation and mediate the strike; however, he was playing golf at Busan area with local businessmen, and this caused massive distaste among Korean people against Lee for not taking care of the government and people.

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  1. ^ 이해찬 (in Korean). Nate people. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
National Assembly of South Korea
Preceded by
Yim Churl-soon
Kim Soo-han

as Members of the Assembly
for Gwanak-gu
Member of the Assembly for Gwanak-eul
Succeeded by
Kim Hee-chull
New constituency Member of the Assembly for Sejong
Political offices
Preceded by
Goh Kun
Prime Minister of South Korea
Succeeded by
Han Myung-Sook