Lee Nak-yeon (Korean: 이낙연, born December 5, 1951), also known as Lee Nak-yon, is a South Korean politician who is the 45th and current Prime Minister of South Korea. He previously served as the governor of Jeollanam-do province. Before serving as governor, he worked as a journalist for the Dong-a Ilbo and served as a member of the National Assembly for four terms.
Early life and education
Lee was born on December 5, 1951 in Yeonggwang County in South Jeolla Province. After graduating from Seoul National University with a degree in law, he worked as a journalist for the daily Dong-a Ilbo newspaper until 2000.
Early political career
He entered politics in 2000 "based on his ties with former President Kim Dae-jung he formed while covering politics." Following his departure from the Dong-a Ilbo he was elected as a member of the National Assembly in 2000 and served for four terms. He also served as a spokesman for former President Roh Moo-hyun when he was the president-elect in 2002.
He left office in the middle of his fourth term in 2014 to successfully run for governor of South Jeolla Province.
On May 10, 2017, he was nominated by President Moon Jae-in to be the next Prime Minister of South Korea, succeeding Hwang Kyo-ahn. He left office as governor of the South Jella Province on the same day.
He is seen as having close ties with key Japanese politicians, having served many years as a senior officer in the Korea-Japan Parliamentarians' Union. Lee speaks fluent Japanese.
Lee is married with one son. Lee Nak-yeon's bongwan belongs to the Jeonju Yi clan, which makes him part of the royal Yi family. He is also the 22nd-generation descendant of Prince Wanpung, who was the elder brother of King Taejo of Joseon, the founder of Joseon Dynasty.