Lee Wan-koo

Lee Wan-koo
43rd Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
17 February 2015  27 April 2015
President Park Geun-hye
Preceded by Chung Hong-won
Succeeded by Choi Kyoung-hwan (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1950-06-02) 2 June 1950
Bibong-myeon, Cheongyang County, South Korea
Political party Saenuri
Alma mater Sungkyunkwan University
Michigan State University
Dankook University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Lee Wan-koo (Hangul: 이완구; born 2 June 1950) is a South Korean politician. He was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea.


Lee was born in Cheongyang, Chungcheongnam-do. After graduating from Sungkyunkwan University, Lee worked as a public officer in the Economic Planning Board (current Ministry of Strategy and Finance) and later moved to the National Police Agency. From 1982 to 1984, he studied at Michigan State University in the United States and received an M. A. in Criminal Justice. From 1986 to 1989, Lee served as consul at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles, United States.

In 1996, Lee entered into politics. He joined the New Korea Party(current Saenuri Party) and in the 1996 election, he was elected as a member of the National Assembly. In the 2006 election, he was elected as a governor of Chungcheongnam-do. He resigned as governor on 23 December 2009.

Lee was diagnosed with blood cancer. After recovering, he was re-elected as a member of the National Assembly at the 2013 by-election. In 2014, he served as Floor Leader of the Saenuri Party.

On 23 January 2015, President Park Geun-hye named Lee as Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. A three-term parliamentarian and former governor of South Chungcheong Province, Lee was confirmed by the National Assembly as Prime Minister on 16 February 2015.[1] The National Assembly voted with 148 Yes, 128 No, and 5 Abstain. 155 Saenuri, 124 NPAD and 2 Independents participated in the vote.

On 20 April 2015, Lee offered to resign as Prime Minister, amid allegations of bribery.[2][3] He formally stepped down on 27 April 2015, apologizing over a scandal in which he was accused of taking an illegal cash gift from a businessman.[4] President Park Geun-hye accepted Lee's resignation.[4]


Political offices
Preceded by
Chung Hong-won
Prime Minister of South Korea
Succeeded by
Choi Kyoung-hwan
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