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    Korea, South Government - 2006
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    SOURCE: 2006 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of Korea
      conventional short form: South Korea
      local long form: Taehan-min'guk
      local short form: Han'guk
      abbreviation: ROK

      Government type:
      republic

      Capital:
      Seoul

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

      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:
      19 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President ROH Moo-hyun (since 25 February 2003)
      head of government: Prime Minister HAN Myeong-sook (since 19 April 2006); Deputy Prime Ministers KIM Jin-pyo (since 28 January 2005) and KIM Woo-shik (since 3 January 2006)
      cabinet: State Council appointed by the president on the prime minister's recommendation
      elections: president elected by popular vote for single five-year term; election last held 19 December 2002 (next to be held in December 2007); prime minister appointed by president with consent of National Assembly; deputy prime ministers appointed by president on prime minister's recommendation
      election results: results of the 19 December 2002 election - ROH Moo-hyun elected president; percent of vote - ROH Moo-hyun (MDP) 48.9%; LEE Hoi-chang (GNP) 46.6%; other 4.5%

      Legislative branch:
      unicameral National Assembly or Kukhoe (299 seats - members elected for four-year terms; 243 in single-seat constituencies, 56 by proportional representation)
      elections: last held 15 April 2004 (next to be held in April 2008; byelections held on 30 April 2005 and on 26 October 2005)
      election results: percent of vote by party - Uri 51%, GNP 41%, DLP 3%, DP 3%, others 2%; seats by party - Uri 144, GNP 127, DP 11, DLP 9, ULD 3, independents 5
      note: percent of vote is for 2004 general election; seats by party reflect results of April and October 2005 byelections involving six and four seats respectively; MDP became DP in May 2005; United Liberal Democrats (ULD) merged with GNP in February 2006. (2006)

      Judicial branch:
      Supreme Court (justices appointed by president with consent of National Assembly); Constitutional Court (justices appointed by president based partly on nominations by National Assembly and Chief Justice of the court)

      Political parties and leaders:
      Democratic Labor Party or DLP [KWON Young-ghil, interim]; Democratic Party or DP [HAHN Hwa-kap]; Grand National Party or GNP [PARK Geun-hye]; People-Centered Party or PCP [SHIM Dae-pyong]; Uri Party [YOO Jay-gun]

      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, APT, ARF, AsDB, ASEAN (dialogue partner), Australia Group, BIS, CP, EAS, EBRD, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITU, LAIA, MIGA, MINURSO, NAM (guest), NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, ONUB, OPCW, OSCE (partner), PCA, PIF (partner), UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMOGIP, UNOMIG, UPU, WCL, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTO, ZC

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

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador Alexander VERSHBOW
      embassy: 32 Sejong-no, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-710
      mailing address: American Embassy Seoul, 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 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Korea, South Government 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Korea, South Government 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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