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S.Korean president nominates new prime minister in cabinet reshuffle

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-04-16 14:14
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in. [Photo/Agencies]

SEOUL - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday nominated former four-term lawmaker and interior minister Kim Boo-kyum as the new prime minister in his cabinet reshuffle, the presidential Blue House said.

Kim will become the third prime minister of the Moon government, which was inaugurated in May 2017, if the nomination is approved in the parliamentary confirmation hearings.

The president replaced five ministers of land, labor, industry, science and ocean.

Lim Hye-sook was named as the minister of science and ICT, and Moon Sung-wook was picked as the minister of trade, industry and energy.

An Kyung-duk was nominated as the minister of employment and labor, and Noh Hyeong-ouk was selected as the minister of land, infrastructure and transport. Park Jun-young was named as the minister of oceans and fisheries.

The cabinet reshuffle came after Moon's ruling Democratic Party was routed in the April 7 mayoral by-elections for the capital Seoul and the second-biggest city of Busan.

Moon also named new senior secretaries, including Lee Cheol-hee as senior presidential secretary for political affairs and Lee Tae-han as senior presidential secretary for social affairs.

Park Kyung-mee was named as the new Blue House spokesperson.

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