South Korean presidential election, 1979

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Republic of Korea presidential election, 1979
South Korea
← 1978 6 December 1979 1980 →
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Nominee Choi Kyu-hah
Party Independent
Electoral vote 2,465/2,549
Percentage 96.7%

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Votes of the National Council for Reunification

– Choi Kyu-hah

– Invalid

President before election

Choi Kyu-hah (acting)

Elected President

Choi Kyu-hah

The South Korean presidential election of 1979 was an extraordinary election which took place on 6 December 1979 after the assassination of Park Chung Hee on 26 October. The electoral college, the National Council for Reunification, had been elected in May 1978, and voted by a margin of 2,465 to 84 to confirm former Prime Minister Choi Kyu-hah, who had been acting President since the assassination, as the President of the Republic of Korea without opposition. The 84 votes were declared invalid; a further 11 delegates were not present.[1] While Choi Kyu-hah remained president for 8 months, his effective tenure would last for less than a week until Chun Doo-hwan seized power six days later in the coup d'état of December Twelfth.


Ranking Cand. # Candidates Party Votes Percentage
1 1 Choi Kyu-hah Independent 2,465 96.70%
Invalid 84 3.30%
Electors 2,560
Total votes 2,549 100%


  1. ^ Asia Watch Committee (1986). Human Rights in Korea. p. 31.