South Korea’s President seeks for multi-term presidency

South Korea’s President seeks for multi-term presidencySouth Korea’s President Park Geun-hye said on Monday it is the right time to discuss an amendment to the country’s constitution, mainly expected to change the current single-term presidency, before her term is over.

Park, in particular, stressed the need for a change in the current single five-year presidential term, which has made politics extremely confrontational and the government unable to pursue consistent, sustainable policy goals.

"The single, five-year presidential term under the Constitution, which has been in force for the last there decades since its last amendment in 1987, might be suited for the past democratization period, but it has now become clothes that no longer fit our body," said Park in an address to parliament.

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

The president requested a special committee be established immediately to start the discussions for the amendment.

“To accomplish constitution revision within my (presidential) term, I will set up a government organization and make a bill for constitutional amendment which includes people’s expectation,” she added.

Park had previously opposed any full-fledged discussions on the highly polarizing issue, saying that the government should focus on tackling more urgent economic and security issues, including North Korea's ever-growing nuclear and missile threats.

The last amendment to the constitution was made in 1987.
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