Moon replaces PM, ministers after election defeat

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Seoul

In a major cabinet reshuffle, South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday replaced the prime minister and six other cabinet members in a bid to revive his party, after devastating local election defeats, and his policy agenda.

Moon named Kim Boo-kyum, a former interior minister and four-term lawmaker, to succeed Chung Sye-kyun as prime minister, while nominated new ministers of land, industry, fisheries, labour, and science and technology.

All six candidates are subject to parliamentary confirmation hearings, although lawmakers don’t have the power to block the appointment if the president presses ahead with a formal appointment.

The reshuffle came about a week after Moon’s leading Democratic Party suffered crushing losses in a special election for key mayoral posts amid political scandals and economic policy blunders.—AP

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