Kim Moo-sung

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Kim Moo-sung
김무성
Kim Moo-sung at Buddha's Birthday ceremony 2015 (cropped).jpg
Kim Moo-sung at the Buddha's Birthday ceremony, 2015
Chairman of the Saenuri Party
In office
14 July 2014 – 14 April 2016
Preceded by Hwang Woo-yea
Succeeded by Won Yoo-chul (acting)
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
24 April 2013
Preceded by Lee Jae-kyun
Constituency Yeongdo District, Busan
In office
30 May 1996 – February 2012
Preceded by Yoo Heung-soo
Succeeded by Suh Yong-kyo
Constituency Nam District, Busan
Personal details
Born (1951-09-20) 20 September 1951 (age 65)
Busan, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Citizenship Korean
Political party Saenuri Party
Alma mater Hanyang University
Occupation Politician
Religion Buddhism
Kim Moo-sung
Hangul 김무성
Hanja 金武星
Revised Romanization Gim Museong
McCune–Reischauer Kim Musŏng
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.

Kim Moo-sung (born 20 September 1951) is a South Korean politician. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hanyang University and is a member of the National Assembly, concurrently holding the post of Saenuri Party leader from 2014 to 2016.[1][2]

Education

Kim graduated from Joongdong High School in Seoul in 1970. He graduated from Hanyang University in 1976, majoring in business administration. He also took courses on public policy in Korea University in 1999.

Kim received honorary doctorate degrees from the following institutions: Doctor of Policy from Pukyong National University (2003), Doctor of Public Administration from Korea Maritime and Ocean University (2006) and Honorary Doctor of Political Science from Dongguk University (2015).

Political career

Kim was first elected to the National Assembly representing the Nam District of Busan in 1996 as a member of the then-ruling New Korea Party. He was subsequently elected three more times from the same district and in 2008 was forced to run as an independent after losing renomination from his own party. He again failed to win renomination for the same constituency in 2012 and temporarily left politics between 2012 and 2013. He ran as the Saenuri Party candidate in a by-election held in Yeongdo District, Busan, and won his fifth term in the National Assembly in 2013. In 2014, he was elected leader of the ruling Saenuri Party. However, he resigned in April 2016 after the defeat of Saenuri Party in the National Assembly.

In a 2015 interview, Kim said he was "not yet qualified to be president".[3] In November 2016, he suspended his presidential campaign process and declared that he would joint the impeachment process against President Park Geun-hye.

Controversy

Kim has apologized for a scandal in which the prime minister was accused of accepting bribes of 30 million South Korean won from Keangnam Enterprises.[4] Kim faced criticism for comparing the skin color of a black Nigerian student to that of charcoal briquettes.[5] He later apologized to the Yeungnam University student on 18 December 2015.[6]

Kim is widely known as an anti-gay politician and vocal opponent to LGBT rights. In 2016 Kim placed second on the Rainbow Vote list of 22 most homophobic politicians in South Korea.[7]

External links

  • Official website (Korean)
  • Kim Moo-sung on Twitter
  • Kim Moo-sung on Facebook


References

  1. ^ "Saenuri Party elects Rep. Kim Moo-sung as new chairman". The Korea Herald. July 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Ruling party reeling from election rout: Saenuri to launch emergency leadership, take in defectors". The Korea Herald. April 14, 2016. Retrieved April 14, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kim Moo-sung says he's not yet qualified to be president". The Hankyoreh. August 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Corruption scandal dents ruling party's confidence in by-election". The Korea Times. April 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rep. Kim Moo-sung sorry for skin-color joke". The Korea Times. December 18, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Saenuri chief apologizes for racist remark". www.koreaherald.com. Retrieved 2015-12-22. 
  7. ^ "Rainbow Voters Declaration". Rainbow Vote. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
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