South Korea's trade minister Kim Hyon-chong (R) speaks during a briefing at the Foreign Ministry in Seoul on March 26, 2018. / AFP / YONHAP /
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in Monday proposed weakening the powers of his office and lowering the voting age in a package of constitutional reforms, while allowing the head of state to be re-elected.Moon's plan has to be approved by parliament before being put to a referendum in June, and its centerpiece measure would see the country's single five-year presidency be reduced to a four year term, with one opportunity to stand for re-election.South Korea brought in term limits after the assassination of the late dictator Park Chung-hee, Park Geun-hye's father, who ruled from 1961 to 1979 and revised the constitution to allow him to rule indefinitely.He also made several constitutional changes to strengthen presidential authority -- many of which remained in place decades later.
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