President of South Korea


The President of the Republic of Korea is, according to the South Korean constitution, the chairman of the cabinet, the chief executive of the government, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the head of state of South Korea.

A chief executive officer in American English or managing director in British English describes the position of the most senior corporate officer, executive, leader or administrator in charge of managing an organization.

A head of state or Chief of State is the highest-ranking position in a sovereign state and is vested with powers to act as the chief public representative of that state.

A commander-in-chief is the person or body that exercises supreme operational command and control of a nation's military forces or significant elements of those forces.

APEC 2015: Arrival of Park Geun-Hye, South Korea President by Rappler


The Constitution and the amended Presidential Election Act of 1987 provide for election of the president by direct, secret ballot, ending sixteen years of indirect presidential elections under the preceding two governments.

Assassination Attempt of Korean President Park Chung Hee 1974 by Connect Korea


The president is directly elected to a five-year term with no possibility of re-election.


If a presidential vacancy should occur, a successor must be elected within sixty days, during which time presidential duties are to be performed by the prime minister or other senior cabinet members in the order of priority as determined by law.


While in office, the chief executive lives in Cheong Wa Dae, and is exempt from criminal liability.

The Blue House is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea, and is located in the capital city of Seoul.


On February 25, 2013, Park Geun-hye became the eleventh and current president.


She is also the country's first woman to assume this post.

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