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Former Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo dies at 71

Politics 11:42 October 14, 2021

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Yonhap) -- Former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo died Thursday at the age of 71, officials here said.

Lee served as prime minister shortly between February and April in 2015 under then President Park Geun-hye before stepping down over bribery allegations.

Considered a political heavyweight in Chungcheong Province, Lee entered politics in 1995 and served three terms as a lawmaker for the conservative New Party Korea and United Liberal Democrats, also holding key positions in those parties.

In 2006, he was elected the governor of South Chungcheong Province, but resigned in 2009 in protest of the then Lee Myung-bak administration's plan for the administrative city of Sejong.

This file photo shows former South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo. (Yonhap)

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