Goh Kun (born January 2, 1938) is a South Korean politician. He served as Prime Minister of South Korea from 1997 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2004. In his more recent term, he assumed the role of interim head of state from March 12, 2004, following President Roh Moo-Hyun’s impeachment, to May 14, 2004, when the South Korean Constitutional Court overturned the impeachment decision and restored Roh’s powers as president.
He was a minister during the 1980s, and then Mayor of Seoul from 1988 to 1990 (appointed) and in 1998 (elected). Goh resigned from the office of Prime Minister on May 24, 2004 after refusing to comply with the President’s request to replace cabinet members. He is known as a solid, hardworking civil servant. One of Goh Kun’s nicknames is “Mr. Stability,” reflecting his ability to survive changes of government and other political upheavals.
Goh announced that he would not be a candidate for the Korean Presidential Elections in December 2007, and that he would retire from political life.
Yet on December 21, 2009, Goh Kun was named head of social unity council by President Lee Myung-bak.