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Park Geun-hye names Kim Byong-joon as new South Korean PM

News Agencies | First published: 2 November 2016, 13:53 IST
Park Geun-hye names Kim Byong-joon as new South Korean PM
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye, on 2 November, reshuffled the cabinet and named Kim Byong-joon as the new Prime Minister and Yim Jong-yong as the deputy minister for economic affairs amid a controversial scandal surrounding her longtime confidante.

Kim, a former senior presidential policy secretary to late President Roh Moo-hyun is currently a professor at the Kookmin University in Seoul and Yim is the chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), the country's financial regulator, reports Xinhua news agency.

Park Seung-joo was named as the new minister of public safety and security.

This move comes amid allegations on Choi Soon-sil who is suspected of intervening in state affairs and peddling influence behind the scenes by using her longtime friendship with President Park.

--ANI

First published: 2 November 2016, 13:53 IST
 
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