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South Korean president names former finance minister as new prime minister

South Korean president names former finance minister as new prime minister

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun named a former finance minister as his new prime minister Thursday and replaced his chief of staff, the presidential office said.
Han Duck-soo, a career official who served as Roh's finance minister in 2005-2006, was nominated to succeed Han Myung-sook, who stepped down earlier this week to focus on her career as a lawmaker amid media reports she may run for president. An election is set for December.
Roh also replaced his chief of staff, appointing a longtime confidant and former civil affairs aide, Moon Jae-in, to the post, the presidential Blue House said.
The new prime minister, 57, who has a doctorate in economics from Harvard University, has long served as an economic expert in the government. Since resigning as finance minister last year, he has been a special presidential adviser on the country's free trade talks with the United States.
His previous posts include trade minister and the country's ambassador to the Paris-based Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development under former President Kim Dae-jung.
Han's appointment is subject to approval by parliament after a confirmation hearing.


Updated : 2021-10-16 03:58 GMT+08:00