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.

Key

Military and non-partisan:

  •   Independent
  •   Military

Liberal:

Conservative:

List of prime ministers

1948-60: First Republic

Prime Minister Term of office Political Party President
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Days
1 이범석.JPG Yi Pom-sok
I Beomseok
이범석 / 李範奭
(1900–1972)
31 July 1948 21 April 1950 628 Independent Rhee Syng-Man in 1956.jpg
Rhee Syng-man
Shin sung.jpg Minister of National Defense
Shin Song-mo

(acting)


Sin Seongmo
신성모 / 申性模
(1891–1960)

21 April 1950 23 November 1950 216 Independent
2 John Myun.jpg Chang Myon
Jang Myeon
장면 / 張勉
(1899–1966)
23 November 1950 24 April 1952 518 Liberal
Heo Jeong.png Minister without portfolio
Ho Chong

(acting)


Heo Jeong
허정 / 許政
(1896–1988)

6 November 1951 9 April 1952 155 Liberal
Emblem of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.svg Minister without portfolio
Yi Yun-yong

(acting)


I Yunyeong
이윤영 / 李允榮
(1890–1975)

24 April 1952 6 May 1952 27 Liberal
3 Jang Taek.jpg Chang Taek-sang
Jang Taeksang
장택상 / 張澤相
(1893–1969)
6 May 1952 6 October 1952 153 Liberal
Baek Du-jin.jpg Paik Too-chin
Baek Dujin
백두진 / 白斗鎭
(1908–1993)
6 October 1952 24 April 1953 200 Liberal
4 6 October 1952 17 June 1954 419
5 Byeon Yeong-tae.jpg Pyon Yong-tae
Byeon Yeongtae
변영태 / 卞榮泰
(1892–1969)
28 June 1954 28 November 1954 164 Liberal
Emblem of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.svg Minister of Home Affairs
Paek Han-song

(acting)


Baek Hanseong
백한성 / 白漢成
(1899–1971)

28 November 1954 28 November 1954 0 Liberal
Post abolished (28 November 1954 – 27 April 1960)

1960-63: Second Republic

Prime Minister Term of office Political Party President
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Days
6 Ho Chong

Heo Jeong

허정 / 許政
(1896–1988)

15 June 1960 18 August 1960 64 Democratic

Yun Bo-seon

(2) Chang Myon

Jang Myeon

장면 / 張勉
(1899–1966)

(2nd time)

18 August 1960 18 May 1961 273 Democratic
Post abolished (18 May 1961 – 17 December 1963)
Chief Cabinet Ministers of the Supreme Council for National Reconstruction
Army Chief of Staff

Jang Do-young

Jang Doyeong

장도영 / 張都暎
(1923–2012)

21 May 1961 3 July 1961 43 Military

Yun Bo-seon

Army Chief of Staff

Song Yo-chan

Song Yochan

송요찬 / 宋堯讚
(1918–1980)

3 July 1961 16 June 1962 348 Military
Major-General

Park Chung-hee

Bak Jeonghui

박정희 / 朴正熙
(1917–1979)

16 June 1962 10 July 1962 24 Military

Park Chung-hee

Minister of National Defense

Kim Hyun-chul

Gim Hyeoncheol

김현철 / 金顯哲
(1901–1989)

10 July 1962 17 December 1963 525 Independent

1963-75: Third Republic

Prime Minister Term of office Political Party President
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Center Office Days
7 Choi Tu-son

Choe Duseon

최두선 / 崔斗善
(1894–1974)

17 December 1963 10 May 1964 145 Independent

Park Chung-hee

8 Chung Il-kwon

Jeong Ilgwon

정일권 / 丁一權
(1917–1994)

10 May 1964 20 December 1970 2415 Independent
(4) Paik Too-chin

Baek Dujin

백두진 / 白斗鎭
(1908–1993)

(2nd time)

20 December 1970 4 June 1971 166 Democratic Republican
9 Kim Jong-pil

Gim Jongpil

김종필 / 金鍾泌
(1926–2018)

4 June 1971 19 December 1975 1659 Democratic Republican

1975-82: Fourth Republic

Prime Minister Term of office Political Party President
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Days
Choi Kyu-hah

Choe Gyuha

최규하 / 崔圭夏
(1919–2006)

19 December 1975 13 March 1976 85 Democratic Republican

Park Chung-hee

10 13 March 1976 6 December 1979 1363
11 Shin Hyun-hwak

Sin Hyeonhwak

신현확 / 申鉉碻
(1920–2007)

12 December 1979 22 May 1980 168 Democratic Republican

Choi Kyu-hah

Pak Choong-hoon

(acting)

Bak Chunghun

박충훈 / 朴忠勳
(1919–2001)

22 May 1980 2 September 1980 103 Military
Nam Duck-woo

Nam Deogu

남덕우 / 南德祐
(1924–2013)

2 September 1980 22 September 1980 20 Democratic Justice

Chun Doo-hwan

12 22 September 1980 4 January 1982 469

1982-88: Fifth Republic

Prime Minister Term of office Political Party President
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Days
Yoo Chang-soon

Yu Changsun

유창순 / 劉彰順
(1918–2010)

4 January 1982 23 January 1982 19 Democratic Justice

Chun Doo-hwan

13 23 January 1982 24 June 1982 152
Kim Sang-hyup

Gim Sanghyeop

김상협 / 金相浹
(1920–1995)

24 June 1982 20 September 1982 88 Democratic Justice
14 21 September 1982 14 October 1983 389
Chin Iee-chong

Jin Uijong

진의종 / 陳懿鍾
(1921–1995)

15 October 1983 17 October 1983 3 Democratic Justice
15 17 October 1983 11 November 1984 397
Shin Byung-hyun

(acting)

Sin Byeonghyeon

신병현 / 申秉鉉
(1921–1999)

11 November 1984 18 February 1985 93 Democratic Justice
Lho Shin-yong

No Sinyeong

노신영 / 盧信永
(1930–)

18 February 1985 16 May 1985 87 Democratic Justice
16 16 May 1985 26 May 1987 740
Lee Han-key

(acting)

I Hangi

이한기 / 李漢基
(1917–1995)

26 May 1987 14 July 1987 49 Democratic Justice
link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sadao Kagawa, Ki-61.jpg Kim Chung-yul

Gim Jeongryeol

김정렬 / 金貞烈
(1917–1992)

14 July 1987 7 August 1987 24 Independent
17 7 August 1987 25 February 1988 202

1988-Present: Sixth Republic

Prime Minister Term of office Political Party President
Portrait Name
(Birth–Death)
Took Office Left Office Days
Lee Hyun-jae

I Hyeonjae

이현재 / 李賢宰
(1929–)

25 February 1988 2 March 1988 6 Independent

Roh Tae-woo

18 2 March 1988 5 December 1988 278
Kang Young-hoon

Gang Yeonghun

강영훈 / 姜英勛
(1922–2016)

5 December 1988 16 December 1988 11 Democratic Justice (1988-1990)

Democratic Liberal (1990)

19 16 December 1988 27 December 1990 741
Ro Jai-bong

No Jaebong

노재봉 / 盧在鳳
(1936–)

27 December 1990 22 January 1991 26 Democratic Liberal
20 22 January 1991 24 May 1991 122
Chung Won-shik

Jeong Wonsik

정원식 / 鄭元植
(1928–)

24 May 1991 7 July 1991 44 Independent
21 8 July 1991 8 October 1992 459
22 Hyun Soong-jong

Hyeon Seungjong

현승종 / 玄勝鍾
(1919–)

8 October 1992 25 February 1993 140 Independent
23 Hwang In-sung

Hwang Inseong

황인성 / 黃寅性
(1926–2010)

25 February 1993 17 December 1993 295 Democratic Liberal

Kim Young-sam

24 Lee Hoi-chang

I Hoechang

이회창 / 李會昌
(1935–)

17 December 1993 22 April 1994 126 Democratic Liberal
25 Lee Yung-dug

I Yeongdeok

이영덕 / 李榮徳
(1926–2010)

29 April 1994 17 December 1994 239 Democratic Liberal
26 Lee Hong-koo

I Honggu

이홍구 / 李洪九
(1934–)

17 December 1994 18 December 1995 366 Democratic Liberal
27 Lee Soo-sung

I Suseong

이수성 / 李壽成
(1939–)

18 December 1995 4 March 1997 442 New Korea
28 Goh Kun

Go Geon

고건 / 高建
(1938–)

4 March 1997 3 March 1998 364 Independent
Kim Jong-pil

Gim Jongpil

김종필 / 金鍾泌
(1926–2018)

3 March 1998 17 August 1998 167 United Liberal Democrats

Kim Dae-jung

(9) 17 August 1998 13 January 2000 514
29 Park Tae-joon

Bak Taejun

박태준 / 朴泰俊
(1927–2011)

13 January 2000 19 May 2000 127 United Liberal Democrats
Lee Han-dong

I Handong

이한동 / 李漢東
(1934–)

22 May 2000 29 June 2000 38 United Liberal Democrats
30 29 June 2000 11 July 2002 742
Chang Sang

(acting)

Jang Sang

장상 / 張裳
(1939–)

11 July 2002 31 July 2002 20 Independent
Chang Dae-whan

(acting)

Jang Daehwan

장대환 / 張大煥
(1952–)

9 August 2002 10 September 2002 32 Independent
link=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2000년대 초반 서울소방 소방공무원(소방관) 활동 사진 총리센타방문-1.jpg Kim Suk-soo

Gim Seoksu

김석수 / 金碩洙
(1932–)

10 September 2002 5 October 2002 25 Independent
31 5 October 2002 26 February 2003 144
(28) Goh Kun

Go Geon

고건 / 高建
(1938–)

26 February 2003 25 May 2004 423 Millennium Democratic

Roh Moo-hyun

32 Lee Hae-chan

I Haechan

이해찬 / 李海瓚
(1952–)

30 June 2004 14 March 2006 622 Uri (Our Open)
33 Han Myeong-sook

Han Myeongsuk

한명숙 / 韓明淑
(1944–)

20 April 2006 7 March 2007 322 Uri (Our Open)
34 Han Duck-soo

Han Deoksu

한덕수 / 韓德洙
(1949–)

2 April 2007 29 February 2008 333 Independent
35 Han Seung-soo

Han Seungsu

한승수 / 韓昇洙
(1936–)

29 February 2008 28 September 2009 577 Grand National

Lee Myung-bak

36 Chung Un-chan

Jeong Unchan

정운찬 / 鄭雲燦
(1947–)

28 September 2009 11 August 2010 317 Grand National
Minister of Strategy and Finance

Yoon Jeung-hyun

(acting)

Yun Jeunghyeon

윤증현 / 尹增鉉
(1946–)

11 August 2010 1 October 2010 51 Grand National
37 Kim Hwang-sik

Gim Hwangsik

김황식 / 金滉植
(1948–)

1 October 2010 26 February 2013 879 Independent
38 Chung Hong-won

Jeong Hongwon

정홍원 / 鄭烘原
(1944–)

26 February 2013 16 February 2015 720 Saenuri (New Frontier)

Park Geun-hye

39 Lee Wan-koo

I Wangu

이완구 / 李完九
(1950–)

16 February 2015 27 April 2015 70 Saenuri (New Frontier)
Deputy Prime Minister

Choi Kyoung-hwan

(acting)

Choe Gyeonghwan

최경환 / 崔炅煥
(1955–)

27 April 2015 18 June 2015 52 Saenuri (New Frontier)
40 Hwang Kyo-ahn

Hwang Gyoan

황교안 / 黃敎安
(1957–)

18 June 2015 10 March 2017 693 Independent
10 March 2017 11 May 2017

Hwang Kyo-ahn
(acting)

Deputy Prime Minister

Yoo Il-ho

(acting)

Yu Ilho

유일호 / 柳一鎬
(1955–)

11 May 2017 31 May 2017 20 Liberty Korea

Moon Jae-in

41 South Korean Prime Minister Lee - 2017 (36235112603) (cropped).jpg Lee Nak-yeon

I Nakyeon

이낙연 / 李洛淵
(1951–)

31 May 2017 Incumbent 533 Democratic

Timeline

Lee Nak-yeon Yoo Il-ho Hwang Kyo-ahn Choi Kyoung-hwan Lee Wan-koo Chung Hong-won Kim Hwang-sik Yoon Jeung-hyun Chung Un-chan Han Seung-soo Han Duck-soo Han Myeong-sook Lee Hae-chan Kim Suk-soo Chang Dae-whan Chang Sang Lee Han-dong Park Tae-joon Goh Kun Lee Soo-sung Lee Hong-koo Lee Yung-dug Lee Hoi-chang Hwang In-sung Hyun Soong-jong Chung Won-shik Ro Jai-bong Kang Young-hoon Lee Hyun-jae Kim Chung-yul Lee Han-key Lho Shin-yong Shin Byung-hyun Chin Iee-chong Kim Sang-hyup Yoo Chang-soon Nam Duck-woo Pak Choong-hoon Shin Hyun-hwak Choi Kyu-hah Kim Jong-pil Chung Il-kwon Choi Tu-son Kim Hyun-chul (politician) Park Chung-hee Song Yo-chan Jang Do-young Ho Chong Paek Han-song Pyon Yong-tae Paik Too-chin Chang Taek-sang Yi Yun-yong Chang Myon Shin Song-mo Yi Pom-sok

See also

External links

  • Former Prime Ministers
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