Multiple terms for S. Korea president?
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