1 President to Open, Another to Close Pyeongchang Olympics

      July 08, 2011 11:44

      The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will be opened and closed by two different Korean presidents as the games start on Feb. 9, 2018 and end on Feb. 25, and the presidential inauguration is scheduled earlier on the closing day.

      In line with the Constitution, the tenure of the 18th president, who is elected in December next year, starts at midnight on Feb. 25, 2013 and ends at midnight on Feb. 24, 2018. Korea's 19th president will be inaugurated in the National Assembly on the morning of Feb. 25, 2018.

      It is unclear whether the Pyeongchang bid committee took this into consideration when it finalized the schedule for the Olympics.

      The 19th president will go on a motorized parade from the National Assembly to Cheong Wa Dae after his inauguration ceremony and will then probably attend the closing ceremony in Pyeongchang in the evening. The new president's appearance at the international event, televised around the world, is expected to boost publicity. Some predict the outgoing and incoming presidents will attend the closing ceremony together.

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