Kong Jo

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Kong Jo
Конг Йо
空哲
5th President-General of Namor
In office
20 April 1965 – 20 April 1975
Vice President Su Shui
Preceded by Antelope Gelai
Succeeded by Su Shui
Vice President-General of Namor
In office
1 May 1960 – 1 May 1965
Preceded by Mi Jintan
Succeeded by Su Shui
Secretary-General of the Liberationist Party of Namor
In office
1 March 1965 – 1 March 1975
Preceded by Antelope Gelai
Succeeded by Su Shui
Party Secretary of Namo
In office
1949–1960
Personal details
Born April 3, 1906
Sandinghan, Nam Province, Great Hao Empire
Died November 24, 1987 (aged 81)
Sicho, Southern Namor, People's Republic of Namor
Nationality Namorese
Political party Liberationistpartylogo.png Liberationist Party of Namor
Spouse(s) Vang Weno
Children Kong Chang

Kong Jo (April 3, 1906 - November 24, 1987) was a Namorese statesman who served as the 5th President-General of Namor from 1965 to 1975.

Born in 1906, Kong joined the Namorese Liberation Army shortly after the Liberationist takeover. During the Second Namo-Luziycan War, Kong's section was captured by Otekian separatists during a surprise raid. After several months of imprisonment, he led a breakout that enabled every captured soldier to escape the separatists alive, earning him national fame. He retired from the military as a captain in 1947, and was appointed Party Secretary of Namo in 1949 for his accomplishments in the military.

Kong turned against Kiang Su during the 1950 Namorese political crisis, outlawing the Green Youth Organization's activities in Namo, where most of the unrest occurred. After the crisis, he became a close ally of President-General Antelope Gelai, and was eventually promoted to Vice President-General in 1960. In 1965, Kong was elected President-General after the Liberationists won a supermajority of electoral votes. However, the results led to nationwide protests, prompting Kong to push for constitutional reforms in 1966 that introduced direct presidential elections and altered the composition of the Central Council. In 1970, he ran for reelection and won with 55.2% of the popular vote, becoming the first directly elected leader in Namorese history.

Under Kong's leadership, Namor experienced double-digit economic growth and the government continued to push for reforms. After a border war with Luziyca in 1971, Kong made militarization the priority of his administration; military spending tripled and Namor conducted its first nuclear test in 1973.

Kong retired from public life after stepping down from the presidency in 1975. He died from skin cancer in November 24, 1987.