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Goh Kun (Hangul: 고건, Hanja: 高建, born January 2, 1938) is a South Korean politician, the former Prime Minister of South Korea and former President of South Korea.

Goh Kun
고건
Goh Kun 2003-11-08.jpg
President of South Korea
Acting
In office
March 12, 2004 – May 14, 2004
While President Roh's powers and duties were suspended
PresidentRoh Moo-hyun
28th Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
March 4, 1997 – March 3, 1998
PresidentKim Young-sam
Kim Dae-jung
Preceded byLee Soo Sung
Succeeded byKim Jong-pil
In office
February 26, 2003 – May 25, 2004
PresidentRoh Moo-hyun
Preceded byKim Suk Soo
Succeeded byLee Hun Jai (Acting)
Lee Hae Chan
22nd and 31st Mayor of Seoul
In office
December 5, 1988 – December 27, 1990
Preceded byKim Yong-rae
Succeeded byPark Seh-jik
In office
July 1, 1998 – June 30, 2002
Preceded byCho Soon
Kang Duk-ki (Acting)
Succeeded byLee Myung-bak
Personal details
Born (1938-01-02) January 2, 1938 (age 81)
Keijo, Japanese Korea
(now Seoul, South Korea)
Political partyDemocratic Justice (1980-1990)
Democratic Liberal
(1990-1995)
Democratic (1998-2007)
Signature
Korean name
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationGo Geon
McCune–ReischauerKo Kŏn

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CareerEdit

Goh was a Minister of Parliament during the 1980s, before being appointed the mayor of Seoul from 1988 to 1990.[1] He was later elected mayor of Seoul from 1998 to 2002.

He served as Prime Minister of South Korea from 1997 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2004.[1]

He assumed the role of interim President following President Roh Moo-Hyun's impeachment, from March 12, 2004 until May 14, 2004, when the South Korean Constitutional Court overturned the impeachment decision and restored Roh's powers as President.[2][3] He resigned from the office of Prime Minister on May 24, 2004 after refusing to comply with the President's request to replace cabinet members.

In June 2006, Goh announced his candidacy for the presidential race.[4]

On January 16, 2007, he announced that he would no longer be a candidate for the presidential elections and that he would retire from political life.[5] Despite his retirement, he was named head of social unity council by President Lee Myung-bak on December 21, 2009.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b 고건 (in Korean). Nate people. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
  2. ^ "Parliament Impeaches South Korea President". NY Times. Retrieved March 13, 2004.
  3. ^ "South Korea Parliament Votes To Strip President of Powers". NY Times. Retrieved March 12, 2004.
  4. ^ "Goh Kun to Run for President on Center Coalition Ticket". Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved June 2, 2006.
  5. ^ "South Korea Contender Drops Out". BBC News. Retrieved January 16, 2007.

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Preceded by
Kim Yong-rae
Mayor of Seoul
1988–1990
Succeeded by
Park Seh-jik
Preceded by
Kang Duk-ki
Mayor of Seoul
1998–2002
Succeeded by
Lee Myung-bak
Preceded by
Lee Soo-Sung
Prime Minister of South Korea
1997–1998
Succeeded by
Kim Jong-pil
Preceded by
Kim Suk-Soo
Prime Minister of South Korea
2003–2004
Succeeded by
Lee Haechan
Preceded by
Roh Moo-hyun
President of South Korea
Acting

2004
While President Roh's powers and duties were suspended
Succeeded by
Roh Moo-hyun