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    Korea, South Government - 2004
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    SOURCE: 2004 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Korea
      conventional short form: South Korea
      local short form: none
      note: the South Koreans generally use the term "Han'guk" to refer to their country
      local long form: Taehan-min'guk
      abbreviation: ROK

      Government type:
      republic

      Capital:
      Seoul

      Administrative divisions:
      9 provinces (do, singular and plural) and 7 metropolitan cities* (gwangyoksi, singular and plural); Cheju-do, Cholla-bukto, Cholla-namdo, Ch'ungch'ong-bukto, Ch'ungch'ong-namdo, Inch'on-gwangyoksi*, Kangwon-do, Kwangju-gwangyoksi*, Kyonggi-do, Kyongsang-bukto, Kyongsang-namdo, Pusan-gwangyoksi*, Soul-t'ukpyolsi*, Taegu-gwangyoksi*, Taejon-gwangyoksi*, Ulsan-gwangyoksi*

      Independence:
      15 August 1945 (from Japan)

      National holiday:
      Liberation Day, 15 August (1945)

      Constitution:
      17 July 1948

      Legal system:
      combines elements of continental European civil law systems, Anglo-American law, and Chinese classical thought

      Suffrage:
      20 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President NO Mu-hyun (ROH Moo-hyun) (since 25 February 2003)
      note: President NO was impeached on 12 March 2004; KO Kun is the acting president
      head of government: Prime Minister KO Kun (KOH Kun) (since 27 February 2003); Deputy Prime Ministers YI Hon-chae (LEE Hun-jai) (since 10 February 2004) and AN Pyong-yong (AHN Byung-young) (since 23 December 2003)
      cabinet: State Council appointed by the president on the prime minister's recommendation
      election results: results of the 19 December 2002 election - NO Mu-hyun elected president; percent of vote - NO Mu-hyun (MDP) 48.9%; YI Hoe-ch'ang (GNP) 46.6%; other 4.5%
      elections: president elected by popular vote for a single five-year term; election last held 19 December 2002 (next to be held in December 2007); prime minister appointed by the president; deputy prime ministers appointed by the president on the prime minister's recommendation

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly or Kukhoe (299 seats elected by direct, popular vote; members serve four-year terms)
      election results: percent of vote by party - Uri 51%, GNP 41%, DLP 3%, MDP 3%, others 2%; seats by party - Uri 152, GNP 121, DLP 10, MDP 9, others 7 (2004)
      elections: last held 15 April 2004 (next to be held in April 2008)

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (justices are appointed by the president with the consent of the National Assembly)

      Political parties and leaders:
      Democratic Labor Party or DLP [leader KWON Yong-kil]; Democratic People's Party or DPP [leader KIM Tae-yong]; Grand National Party or GNP [Pak Kun-hye, chairman]; Millennium Democratic Party or MDP [leader HAN Hwa-kap]; United Liberal Democrats or ULD [KIM Chong-p'il, president]; Uri Party [CHONG Tong-yong, chairman]

      Political pressure groups and leaders:
      Federation of Korean Industries; Federation of Korean Trade Unions; Korean Confederation of Trade Unions; Korean National Council of Churches; Korean Traders Association; Korean Veterans' Association; National Council of Labor Unions; National Democratic Alliance of Korea; National Federation of Farmers' Associations; National Federation of Student Associations

      International organization participation:
      AfDB, APEC, ARF, AsDB, ASEAN (dialogue partner), Australia Group, BIS, CP, EBRD, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MINURSO, NAM (guest), NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE (partner), PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNFICYP, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMISET, UNMOGIP, UNOMIG, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO, ZC

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador HAN Sung-chu (HAN Sung-joo)
      chancery: 2450 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
      consulate(s) general: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle
      consulate(s): New York, Tamuning (Guam)
      FAX: [1] (202) 387-0205
      telephone: [1] (202) 939-5600

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Thomas C. HUBBARD
      embassy: 82 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-710
      mailing address: American Embassy, Unit 15550, APO AP 96205-5550
      telephone: [82] (2) 397-4114
      FAX: [82] (2) 738-8845

      Flag description:
      white with a red (top) and blue yin-yang symbol in the center; there is a different black trigram from the ancient I Ching (Book of Changes) in each corner of the white field


      NOTE: The information regarding Korea, South on this page is re-published from the 2004 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Korea, South Government 2004 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Korea, South Government 2004 should be addressed to the CIA.

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