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Gov't constitutional revision proposal calls for maximum of two four-year presidential terms

All Headlines 11:15 March 22, 2018

SEOUL, March 22 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in's constitutional revision proposal calls for changing the current single five-year presidential term to a maximum of two successive four-year terms pending reelection, a senior aide said Thursday.

Cho Kuk, senior presidential secretary for legal affairs, also made clear that, even if the Constitution is revised according to the government proposal, Moon cannot seek reelection after his single term ends in May 2022.

Changing the power structure is the central part of the constitutional revision amid calls for revising the current presidential system, which has long been blamed for concentrating too much power in the president in a way prone to corruption.

The government proposal calls for reducing presidential power by stripping the president of the right to name the chief of the Constitutional Court, having the National Assembly name three members of the nine-member state audit agency and strengthening the prime minister's powers by deleting the phrase that says the prime minister conduct his duties "under the orders of the president."

But the government rejected opposition calls to give the National Assembly the right to name or recommend the prime minister, saying it would be little different from the parliamentary cabinet system.

The proposal also calls for lowering the voting age to 18.

The government plans to submit the proposal to the National Assembly on Monday.

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