Park Park’s shuf­fles shuf­fling Cab­i­net,of in­fu­ri­atescab­i­net angers op­po­si­tion foes

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE - By REUTERS By REUTERS in Seoul

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.

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