Accessibility links

South Korea's President Wants to Amend Constitution

  • VOA News

FILE - South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the 1919 independence movement against Japanese rule over the Korean peninsula, in Seoul, March 1, 2016.

FILE - South Korean President Park Geun-hye delivers a speech during a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the 1919 independence movement against Japanese rule over the Korean peninsula, in Seoul, March 1, 2016.

South Korea's president says the country's one-term presidency no longer works for her country.

Park Geun-hye told parliament Monday she is requesting the formation of a special committee to start discussion on an amendment to the constitution to change the current presidential term limit.

Park said the single five-year term makes it "difficult to maintain policy continuance, see results of policy and engage in unified foreign policy."

The president, who had previously supported the single term, now says it "might be suited for the past democratization period, but it has now become clothes that no longer fit our body."

Observers say Park wants the amendment established before her term is over.

XS
SM
MD
LG