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Dr. Sohn Hak-Kyu Wins Bi-Elections and Rises as Opposition Camp's Presidential Candidate
GNP's Kang Jae-Sup Defeated in April 27 Bi-Elections
Dr. Sohn Hak-Kyu, chairman of S. Korea's main opposition Democratic Party. He won a National Assembly seat in the bi-elections held on April 27, 2011.

South Korea’s main opposition Democratic Party Chairman Sohn Hak-Kyu has emerged as the opposition camp’s presidential candidate as he defeated the ruling Grand National Party opponent Kang Jae-Sup, the former GNP chairman in the bi-election for Gyeonggi Province’s Bundang B District on April 27, 2011.

Dr. Sohn, the 63-year-old former Gyeonggi governor, is now received as the standard bearer of all the opposition forces for the next presidential election, political observers said after the election.

“Dr. Sohn can now be recognized as the counterforce for Madam Park Geun-Hye of the government party,” a DP’s third-term lawmaker was quoted as saying.

Polls find that Madam Park enjoys the highest popularity as the next presidential candidate among politicians of both ruling and opposition parties.

He also said the Sohn, the lawmaker-elect, will now be able to wield more influence with the main opposition party.

According to his aides, Dr. Sohn was known to sleep only four hours per day, electioneering vigorously during a month-long campaign period.

Dr. Sohn was quoted as saying, “I plunge myself for this April 27 bi-elections and sacrifice myself for the Democratic Party.”

Personal History of Dr. Sohn Hak-Kyu

Name: Sohn Hak-Kyu
Date of Birth: 1947. 11. 22.
Birthplace: Siheung, Gyeonggi Province

Educational Background

1959 ~ 1965: Gyeonggi Jr. & Sr. High School.

1965 ~ 1973: Political Science/College of Liberal Art & Science, Seoul National University.

1981 ~ 1988: Oxford University, England (Doctor of Political Science).

Professional Experience

1986 ~ 1987: President, Korea Christian Society Issue Research Institute.

1988 ~ 1990: Professor, Dept. of Politics & Diplomacy, Inha University .

1990 ~ 1993: Professor, Dept. of Politics & Diplomacy, Seogang University.

1991 : Director, Korea International Dept. of Political Science Committee.

1992 ~ 1993: Chief of Social Science Research Institutes, Seogang University.

1993 ~ 1996: Elected to the 14th National Assembly.

1994.12 ~ 1995.2: Vice-Spokesman of Democratic Liberal Party.

1995. 2 ~ 1995. 8: Chairman of International Organization Committee, Democratic Liberal Party.

1995. 8 ~ 1996. 5: Spokesman of Democratic Liberal party, New Korea Party.

1996. 5 ~ 1996. 11: Chairman of Policy Arbitration Committee, New Korea Party.

1996. 11 ~ 1997. 8: Minister of Health & Welfare.

1997. 12 ~ 1998. 2: Secretary-Chief to the President of New Korea Party.

1996. 5: Elected to 15th National Assembly (Re-Elected).

1999. 1 ~ 1999. 8: Guest Professor of George Washington University, U.S.A

2000. 5 ~ 2002. 5: Elected to the 16th National Assembly (3rd election).

2002. 6 ~ 2006. 6: Elected Governor of Gyeonggi Province.

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