Chung Hong-won

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Chung Hong-won
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Prime Minister of South Korea
In office
26 February 2013 – 16 February 2015
President Park Geun-hye
Preceded by Kim Hwang-sik
Succeeded by Lee Wan-koo
Personal details
Born (1944-10-09) 9 October 1944 (age 73)
Kato County, Korea
(now Hadong County, South Korea)
Political party Saenuri Party
Alma mater Sungkyunkwan University
Religion Dutch Reformed Church
Chung Hong-won
Hangul 정홍원
Hanja 鄭烘原
Revised Romanization Jeong Hong-won
McCune–Reischauer Chŏng Hongwŏn

Chung Hong-won[1] (Hangul정홍원; born October 9, 1944 [2]) was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea. He served from 26 February 2013[3] to 16 February 2015.

Early life and education

Chung graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (undergraduate) from Sungkyunkwan University.[4] After passing the Judicial Examination,[5] he became a prosecutor.


Chung became known after solving several high-profile cases, such as the Lee-Chang scandal (이철희 장영자 어음 사기 사건),[4] in which relatives of President Chun Doo-hwan were prosecuted, and the Walker Hill Casino scandal.[4]

Chung resigned from his job as a prosecutor in 2003 and then served the president of the Institute of Justice.[6] From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Standing Commissioner of the Republic of Korea National Election Commission.[7] From 2008 to 2011, he served as the president of Korea Legal Aid Corporation.[8]

Before the 2012 general election, he entered the Saenuri Party. On 8 February 2013, he was nominated as the first Prime Minister of President-elect Park Geun-hye's government. On 26 February 2013, after the National Assembly of South Korea confirmed his nomination, he was formally sworn in. On 27 April 2014, he tendered his prime ministership resignation to the president following the Sinking of the MV Sewol on 16 April 2014, during which more than 300 people were killed.[3] President Park accepted the resignation in principle, but Chung continued to lead the Cabinet after the search and rescue operations of the Sewol came to an end.[9]

Chung was formally replaced as prime minister on 16 February 2015.[10]


Political offices
Preceded by
Kim Hwang-sik
Prime Minister of South Korea
Succeeded by
Lee Wan-koo