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S. Korea's Park names justice minister as new PM

Update: May, 21/2015 - 12:08
SEOUL — South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Thursday selected her justice minister to become the new prime minister.

Hwang Kyo-Ahn, 58, was named as the new prime minister after his predecessor, Lee Wan-Koo, was implicated in a major bribery scandal and forced to quit in April after serving only two months.

As a former prosecutor and with two years under his belt as justice minister, Hwang was deemed fit to follow through on Park's pledge of an anti-corruption drive, presidential spokesman Kim Sung-Woo told reporters.

"We believe he is the right person to root out corruption prevalent in our society and carry out political reform to build a new Korea," Kim said.

The president's first ever nominee withdrew after allegations about his past, and her initial prime minister was Chung Hong-Won, who then resigned after the April 2014 Sewol ferry disaster.

Two successive Park nominees to replace Chung withdrew their candidacies – again because of allegations of past wrongdoing – and the job finally went to Lee, who then stepped down last month. — AFP

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