Yoon Announces More Ministerial Nominees

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President-elect Yoon Seok-youl announced another batch of Cabinet picks on Wednesday.

The most eye-catching was his pick for justice minister. Han Dong-hoon (49), the vice president of the Judicial Research and Training Institute, is a close aide of Yoon’s from his days as a prosecutor-general.

The ruling Minjoo Party criticized the nomination and accused Yoon of seeking to “privatize” the prosecution and stymie attempts to wrest powers from it. The MP is pushing for a reform bill depriving the prosecution of investigative powers before Yoon is inaugurated as the next president in May.











Justice Minister nominee Han Dong-hoon leaves the presidential transition committee’s office in Seoul on Wednesday. /News1










Yoon made the announcement in person in his transition team’s office in central Seoul. Han “has held key prosecution positions for 20 years and has accumulated expertise in investigations, trials, the prosecution system and judicial administration,” Yoon said.

He stressed that the nomination “certainly was not a surprising personnel appointment” and added, “I believe that he is the best person to oversee and transform Korea’s judicial system to meet global standards.”

Han graduated in law from Seoul National University and became a prosecutor at the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office in 2001 after passing the bar exam. He was part of Yoon’s team that investigated ex-President Park Geun-hye for corruption and abuse of office.

The current government demoted him four times to stymie his 2019 investigation of fly-by-night justice minister Cho Kuk, a crony of President Moon Jae-in’s, on charges of academic fraud and financial misconduct.

Yoon also nominated Kim In-chul, a former president of Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, as minister of education; Park Jin, a four-term lawmaker, as foreign minister; Kwon Young-se, also a four-term lawmaker, as unification minister; and Lee Sang-min, a former vice chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission, as interior and safety minister.

Han Wha-jin is to become environment minister, Cho Seung-hwan minister of oceans and fisheries, and Lee Young minister of SMEs and start-ups.











President-elect Yoon Seok-youl announces Cabinet nominees at the presidential transition committee’s office in Seoul on Wednesday. /Newsis










Kim Dae-ki is Yoon’s choice for presidential chief of staff, the same role he played under President Roh Moo-hyun.

The ministerial nominees must now go through a National Assembly confirmation hearing.











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