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Prime Minister of South Korea

South Korean appointee, not Head of Government

The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea (국무총리 / 國務總理, Gungmuchongni) is appointed by the President of South Korea, with the National Assembly's approval. The officeholder is not required to be a member of the National Assembly. The Prime Minister is not the head of government but is similar to that of a vice president.

Prime Minister of the
Republic of Korea
대한민국 국무총리
Standard of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.svg
Prime ministerial standard
Emblem of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.svg
Prime ministerial emblem
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Incumbent
Lee Nak-yeon

since 31 May 2017
Style Prime Minister (총리님)
(informal)
Member of State Council
National Security Council
Appointer President of South Korea
(Subject to the National Assembly's approval)
Term length No fixed term
Constituting instrument Constitution of South Korea
Inaugural holder Lee Beom-seok
Formation July 31, 1948; 70 years ago (1948-07-31)
Website (English) pmo.go.kr/
(Korean) pmo.go.kr/

The Sino-Korean word gungmu (국무/國務) means "state affairs" and chongni (총리/總理) means "prime minister", "premier" or "chancellor", so the full title in Korean means literally "Prime Minister for State Affairs", but it is not used as official English title. The short title in Korean is just Chongni.

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