Moon Jae-in

12th President of the Republic of Korea

Moon Jae-in (Korean pronunciation: [mun.dʑɛ̝.in]; born 24 January 1953) is a South Korean politician. He was the 12th President of South Korea from 10 May 2017 until 9 May 2022. He won the majority vote in the 2017 presidential election.[1]

Moon Jae-in
Moon Jae-in in 2017
12th President of South Korea
In office
10 May 2017 – 9 May 2022
Prime MinisterHwang Kyo-ahn
Yoo Il-ho (Acting)
Lee Nak-yeon
Chung Sye-kyun
Hong Nam-ki (Acting)
Kim Boo-kyum
Preceded byPark Geun-hye
Hwang Kyo-ahn ((Acting)
Succeeded byYoon Suk-yeol
Chairman of the Democratic Party of Korea
In office
9 February 2015 – 27 January 2016
Preceded byAhn Cheol-soo, Kim Han-gil
Succeeded byKim Chong-in
Member of the National Assembly
In office
30 May 2012 – 29 May 2016
Preceded byChang Je-won
Succeeded byChang Je-won
ConstituencyBusan Sasang
Personal details
Born (1953-01-24) 24 January 1953 (age 71)
Geoje, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
Political partyDemocratic Party of Korea
Spouse(s)Kim Jung-sook (m. 1981)
Alma materKyung Hee University (LL.B.)
Military service
Allegiance South Korea
Branch/service Republic of Korea Army
Years of service1975-1978
Rank Byeongjang (Sergeant)
Korean name
Revised RomanizationMun Jaein
McCune–ReischauerMun Chaein

Moon was the opposition leader of the Minjoo Party of Korea from 2015 to 2016. He was a member of the 19th National Assembly. He was the Democratic United Party's candidate for the 2012 presidential election after winning a majority in the party primaries. However, lost the election to Park Geun-hye.

He was formerly a lawyer and chief of staff to late President Roh Moo-hyun prior to getting into politics.

In April 2018, Moon and Kim Jong-un formerly attended the inter-Korean summit of 2018. They both agreed to formally end the Korean War before 2019.[2][3]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in South Korea, Moon became well known for his handling of the virus and had positive support over it.[4] It helped his party win a historic victory in the 2020 legislative election.[5]


  1. "South Korea presidency 'won by liberal Moon Jae-in'".
  2. "North Korean leader to visit South for first time". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 8, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  3. "Koreas make nuclear pledge after summit". BBC News. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 27 April 2018.
  4. Firedhoff, Karl (April 1, 2020). "President Moon Jae-In Handled the Coronavirus Well, but Can He Win South Korea's April Elections?". The National Interest. Retrieved May 26, 2020.
  5. "S. Korean ruling party wins landslide election on strength of virus response". France24. April 16, 2020. Retrieved May 26, 2020.

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