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South South Korea’s Korea’s presidential presidential office office on on WednesdayWednesday named named a a new new prime prime minister minister and and finance finance minister, minister, the the highest-level highest-level shake-up shake-up since since President President Park Park Geunhye’s Geunhye’s administration administration was was first first rocked rocked by by a a scandalscandal involving involving a a friend friend accused accused of of meddling meddling in in state state affairs. affairs.
Opposition Opposition partiesparties denounced denounced the the reshuffle reshuffleas a as bida bid by by Park Park to to divert divert attention attention from from the the crisis. crisis.
The The Blue Blue House House named named Financial Financial Services Services CommissionCommission Chairman Chairman Yim Yim Jong-Yong Jong-Yong as financeas financeminister ministerand deputyand deputyprime minister.prime minister.Yim, who Yim, replaces who replaces incumbent incumbent minister minister Yoo Il-ho, Yoo has Il-ho, been has well-regarded been well-regardedin his currentin his role. current KimByong-joon,role. a senior presidentialKim Byong- secretaryjoon, a under senior former presidential president secretary RohMoo-Hyun, under is expected former to replace Hwang Kyo-Ahn as prime minister.
Appointing Kim, who has a reputation as a liberal, appears to be a bid by the conservative Park to placate the opposition and soothe public anger over the scandal involving Park’s friend, Choi Soon-Sil, 60, who is in custody.
But the shake-up did little to please the opposition.
“This replacement of the prime minister and finance president Roh Moo-Hyun, is expected to replace Hwang Kyo-Ahn as prime minister.
Appointing Kim, who has a reputation as a liberal, appears to be a bid by the conservative Park to placate the opposition and soothe public anger over the scandal involving Park’s friend, Choi SoonSil, 60, who is in custody. ministerBut the can’t shake-be happening up did withoutlittle to discussingplease theit with opposition.the opposition,” said Park“This Jie-won, replacementleader of the of oppositionthe prime People’s minister Party, and insistingfinance ministerhis party will can’t boycott be happening nomination without hearings. discussing South it Koreanwith the stocks opposition,”and the won said currencyPark Jie-won,did not react leader to theof the changes. opposition People’sA growing Party, insistingnumber hisof oppositionparty will boycott politicians, nominationas well hearings.as many members of the South public Korean have stocks called andon Parkthe won Geun-hye currency to did step not down,react to althoughthe changes.the opposition has not called for impeachment proceedings.
No South Korean president has ever resigned or been impeached successfully. If Park, 64, were to step down, an election would be held in 60 days.
Prosecutors are looking into allegationsChoi forced conglomerates to donate to nonprofit foundations using her friendship with the president and whether she benefited financially.
Kim Byong-joon is chosen as new prime minister.