ASIA NEWS NETWORK
WE KNOW ASIA BETTER
Ex-journalist named S. Korea's PM
Publication Date : 10-06-2014
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday nominated former journalist Moon Chang-geuk as prime minister.
The president also appointed Lee Byung-kee, the ambassador to Japan, as the new head of the National Intelligence Service.
Nominees of prime minister and NIS chief need parliamentary approval to take their posts.
The PM nomination came more than 45 days after Prime Minister Chung Hong-won offered to step down from his post to take responsibility for the government’s mishandling of the ferry disaster that left more than 300 dead or missing. Last month, the president named Ahn Dae-hee, a former star prosecutor, to replace Chung. But Ahn withdrew from nomination less than a week after he was chosen amid spiraling speculation that of misconduct.