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List of Prime Ministers of South Korea

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To avoid confusion, all the names on this list follow the Eastern order convention (family name first, given name second) for consistency.

The following is a list of the prime ministers of South Korea from the First Republic to the Sixth Republic. The first column consecutively numbers the individuals who have served as Prime Minister, while the second column consecutively numbers the Prime Ministerial terms or administrations.

Contents

List of prime ministersEdit

1948–60: First RepublicEdit

  Liberal   Independent

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration
(Years and days)
Political party President
  Yi Pom-sok
이범석
李範奭

(1900–1972)
31 July 1948 21 April 1950 1 year, 264 days Independent Rhee Syng-man
 
(1948–1960)
  Shin Song-mo
신성모
申性模

(1891–1960)
21 April 1950 23 November 1950 216 days Independent
  Chang Myon
장면
張勉

(1899–1966)
23 November 1950 24 April 1952 1 year, 153 days Liberal
  Yi Yun-yong
이윤영
李允榮

(1890–1975)
24 April 1952 6 May 1952 12 days Liberal
  Chang Taek-sang
장택상
張澤相

(1893–1969)
6 May 1952 6 October 1952 153 days Liberal
  Paik Too-chin
백두진
白斗鎭

(1908–1993)
6 October 1952 17 June 1954 1 year, 254 days Liberal
  Pyon Yong-tae
변영태
卞榮泰

(1892–1969)
27 June 1954 28 November 1954 154 days Liberal
Title abolished (28 November 1954 – 27 April 1960)

1960–63: Second RepublicEdit

  Democratic   Military   Independent

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration
(Years and days)
Political party President
  Ho Chong
허정
許政

(1896–1988)
27 April 1960 18 August 1960 113 days Democratic Yun Bo-seon
 
(1960–1962)
  Chang Myon
장면
張勉

(1899–1966)
18 August 1960 18 May 1961 273 days Democratic
Chief Cabinet Ministers of the Supreme Council for National Reconstruction (1961–1963)
  Army Chief of Staff
Jang Do-young
장도영
張都暎

(1923–2012)
21 May 1961 3 July 1961 43 days Military
  Army Chief of Staff
Song Yo-chan
송요찬
宋堯讚

(1918–1980)
3 July 1961 16 June 1962 348 days Military
  General
Park Chung-hee
박정희
朴正熙

(1917–1979)
16 June 1962 10 July 1962 24 days Military Park Chung-hee
(acting)

 
(1962–1963)
  Minister of National Defense
Kim Hyun-chul
김현철
金顯哲

(1901–1989)
10 July 1962 17 December 1963 1 year, 160 days Independent

1963–75: Third RepublicEdit

  Democratic Republican   Independent

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration
(Years and days)
Political party President
  Choi Tu-son
최두선
崔斗善

(1894–1974)
17 December 1963 10 May 1964 145 days Independent Park Chung-hee
 
(1963–1979)
  Chung Il-kwon
정일권
丁一權

(1917–1994)
10 May 1964 20 December 1970 6 years, 224 days Independent
  Paik Too-chin
백두진
白斗鎭

(1908–1993)
20 December 1970 4 June 1971 166 days Democratic Republican
  Kim Jong-pil
김종필
金鍾泌

(1926–2018)
4 June 1971 19 December 1975 4 years, 198 days Democratic Republican

1975–82: Fourth RepublicEdit

  Democratic Republican   Democratic Justice   Military

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration
(Years and days)
Political party President
  Choi Kyu-hah
최규하
崔圭夏

(1919–2006)
19 December 1975 12 December 1979 3 years, 358 days Democratic Republican Park Chung-hee
 
(1963–1979)
  Shin Hyun-hwak
신현확
申鉉碻

(1920–2007)
12 December 1979 22 May 1980 162 days Democratic Republican Choi Kyu-hah
 
(1979–1980)
  Park Choong-hoon
박충훈
朴忠勳

(1919–2001)
22 May 1980 2 September 1980 103 days Military
  Nam Duck-woo
남덕우
南德祐

(1924–2013)
2 September 1980 4 January 1982 1 year, 124 days Democratic Justice Chun Doo-hwan
 
(1980–1987)

1982–88: Fifth RepublicEdit

  Democratic Justice   Independent

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration
(Years and days)
Political party President
  Yoo Chang-soon
유창순
劉彰順

(1918–2010)
4 January 1982 24 June 1982 171 days Democratic Justice Chun Doo-hwan
 
(1980–1987)
  Kim Sang-hyup
김상협
金相浹

(1920–1995)
24 June 1982 14 October 1983 1 year, 112 days Democratic Justice
  Chin Iee-chong
진의종
陳懿鍾

(1921–1995)
15 October 1983 11 November 1984 1 year, 27 days Democratic Justice
During this interval, Deputy Prime Minister Shin Byung-hyun was the acting Prime Minister.
  Lho Shin-yong
노신영
盧信永

(born 1929)
18 February 1985 26 May 1987 2 years, 97 days Democratic Justice
  Lee Han-key
이한기
李漢基

(1917–1995)
26 May 1987 14 July 1987 49 days Democratic Justice
  Kim Chung-yul
김정렬
金貞烈

(1917–1992)
14 July 1987 25 February 1988 226 days Independent

1988–present: Sixth RepublicEdit

  Democratic Justice   Democratic Liberal   New Korea   United Liberal Democrats   Grand National   Saenuri
  Millennium Democratic   Uri   Democratic   Independent

Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Term of office Duration
(Years and days)
Political party President
  Lee Hyun-jae
이현재
李賢宰

(born 1929)
25 February 1988 5 December 1988 284 days Independent Roh Tae-woo
 
(1988–1993)
  Kang Young-hoon
강영훈
姜英勛

(1922–2016)
5 December 1988 27 December 1990 2 years, 22 days Democratic Justice
Democratic Liberal
  Ro Jai-bong
노재봉
盧在鳳

(born 1936)
27 December 1990 24 May 1991 148 days Democratic Liberal
  Chung Won-shik
정원식
鄭元植

(born 1928)
24 May 1991 8 October 1992 1 year, 137 days Independent
  Hyun Soong-jong
현승종
玄勝鍾

(born 1919)
8 October 1992 25 February 1993 140 days Independent
  Hwang In-sung
황인성
黃寅性

(1926–2010)
25 February 1993 17 December 1993 295 days Democratic Liberal Kim Young-sam
 
(1993–1998)
  Lee Hoi-chang
이회창
李會昌

(born 1935)
17 December 1993 22 April 1994 126 days Democratic Liberal
  Lee Yung-dug
이영덕
李榮徳

(1926–2010)
22 April 1994 17 December 1994 239 days Democratic Liberal
  Lee Hong-koo
이홍구
李洪九

(born 1934)
17 December 1994 18 December 1995 1 year, 1 day Democratic Liberal
  Lee Soo-sung
이수성
李壽成

(born 1939)
18 December 1995 4 March 1997 1 year, 76 days New Korea
  Goh Kun
고건
高建

(born 1938)
4 March 1997 3 March 1998 364 days Independent
  Kim Jong-pil
김종필
金鍾泌

(1926–2018)
3 March 1998 13 January 2000 1 year, 316 days United Liberal Democrats Kim Dae-jung
 
(1998–2003)
  Park Tae-joon
박태준
朴泰俊

(1927–2011)
13 January 2000 19 May 2000 127 days United Liberal Democrats
During this interval, Minister of Finance and Economy Lee Hun-jai was the acting Prime Minister.
  Lee Han-dong
이한동
李漢東

(born 1934)
22 May 2000 11 July 2002 2 years, 50 days United Liberal Democrats
  Chang Sang
장상
張裳

(born 1939)
11 July 2002 31 July 2002 20 days Independent
During this interval, Deputy Prime Minister Jeon Yun-churl was the acting Prime Minister.
  Chang Dae-whan
장대환
張大煥

(born 1952)
9 August 2002 10 September 2002 32 days Independent
  Kim Suk-soo
김석수
金碩洙

(born 1932)
10 September 2002 26 February 2003 169 days Independent
  Goh Kun
고건
高建

(born 1938)
26 February 2003 25 May 2004 1 year, 89 days Millennium Democratic Roh Moo-hyun
 
(2003–2008)
During this interval, Deputy Prime Minister Lee Hun-jai was the acting Prime Minister.
  Lee Hae-chan
이해찬
李海瓚

(born 1952)
30 June 2004 14 March 2006 1 year, 257 days Uri
During this interval, Deputy Prime Minister Han Duck-soo was the acting Prime Minister.
  Han Myeong-sook
한명숙
韓明淑

(born 1944)
20 April 2006 7 March 2007 321 days Uri
During this interval, Deputy Prime Minister Kwon Oh-kyu was the acting Prime Minister.
  Han Duck-soo
한덕수
韓德洙

(born 1949)
2 April 2007 29 February 2008 333 days Independent
  Han Seung-soo
한승수
韓昇洙

(born 1936)
29 February 2008 28 September 2009 1 year, 212 days Grand National Lee Myung-bak
 
(2008–2013)
  Chung Un-chan
정운찬
鄭雲燦

(born 1947)
28 September 2009 11 August 2010 317 days Grand National
During this interval, Minister of Strategy and Finance Yoon Jeung-hyun was the acting Prime Minister.
  Kim Hwang-sik
김황식
金滉植

(born 1948)
1 October 2010 26 February 2013 2 years, 148 days Independent
  Chung Hong-won
정홍원
鄭烘原

(born 1944)
26 February 2013 16 February 2015 1 year, 355 days Saenuri Park Geun-hye
 
(2013–2017)
  Lee Wan-koo
이완구
李完九

(born 1950)
16 February 2015 27 April 2015 70 days Saenuri
During this interval, Deputy Prime Minister Choi Kyoung-hwan was the acting Prime Minister.
  Hwang Kyo-ahn
황교안
黃敎安

(born 1957)
18 June 2015 11 May 2017 1 year, 327 days Independent
Hwang Kyo-ahn
(acting)

 
(2017)
During this interval, Deputy Prime Minister Yoo Il-ho was the acting Prime Minister. Moon Jae-in
 
(2017–present)
  Lee Nak-yeon
이낙연
李洛淵

(born 1951)
31 May 2017 Incumbent 2 years, 22 days Democratic

TimelineEdit

Lee Nak-yeonYoo Il-hoHwang Kyo-ahnChoi Kyoung-hwanLee Wan-kooChung Hong-wonKim Hwang-sikYoon Jeung-hyunChung Un-chanHan Seung-sooHan Duck-sooHan Myeong-sookLee Hae-chanKim Suk-sooChang Dae-whanChang SangLee Han-dongPark Tae-joonGoh KunLee Soo-sungLee Hong-kooLee Yung-dugLee Hoi-changHwang In-sungHyun Soong-jongChung Won-shikRo Jai-bongKang Young-hoonLee Hyun-jaeKim Chung-yulLee Han-keyLho Shin-yongShin Byung-hyunChin Iee-chongKim Sang-hyupYoo Chang-soonNam Duck-wooPak Choong-hoonShin Hyun-hwakChoi Kyu-hahKim Jong-pilChung Il-kwonChoi Tu-sonKim Hyun-chul (politician)Park Chung-heeSong Yo-chanJang Do-youngHo ChongPaek Han-songPyon Yong-taePaik Too-chinChang Taek-sangYi Yun-yongChang MyonShin Song-moYi Pom-sok 

See alsoEdit

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