Mul­ti­ple terms for S. Korea pres­i­dent?

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SEOUL: South Korean Pres­i­dent Park Geun-hye (pix) yes­ter­day pro­posed amend­ing the con­sti­tu­tion to al­low pres­i­dents to serve mul­ti­ple terms or to es­tab­lish a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem, say­ing the sin­gle-term pres­i­dency has served its pur­pose af­ter nearly 30 years.

South Korean pres­i­dency was lim­ited to a sin­gle five-year term in the 1987 con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment that ended the coun­try’s mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship.

Pres­i­dents here typ­i­cally be­come lame ducks in the sec­ond half of their ten­ure, lim­it­ing their ef­fec­tive­ness.

“Through the sin­gle-term pres­i­dency, it is dif­fi­cult to main­tain pol­icy con­tin­u­ance, see re­sults of poli­cies and en­gage in uni­fied for­eign pol­icy,” she said.

Crit­ics of the pres­i­dency be­lieve a par­lia­men­tary sys­tem in which the ex­ec­u­tive branch cen­tred on a prime min­is­ter and the Cab­i­net would al­low for more sta­ble pol­icy mak­ing and en­sure greater ac­count­abil­ity.

Park asked par­lia­ment to form a spe­cial com­mit­tee to dis­cuss re­vis­ing the con­sti­tu­tion, call­ing for the change to be com­pleted be­fore her term ends. – Reuters

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