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Lee Myung-Bak chooses woman to head transition team

Lee Myung-Bak chooses woman to head transition team

South Korea's president-elect Lee Myung-Bak has chosen the head of a Seoul women's university to lead his transition team, a spokesman for Lee said yesterday.
Aides had said he wanted an academic rather than a politician to head the team, to highlight his desire for a non-partisan and pragmatic government when he takes over on February 25.
Lee has picked Lee Kyung-Sook, credited with bringing innovative changes to Sookmyung Women's University since her appointment in 1994.
The candidate of the conservative opposition Grand National Party won a landslide victory in the December 19 election. Voters saw the former CEO with Hyundai's construction unit as best equipped to revitalize the economy.
Lee will be the country's first president-elect to face a criminal inquiry, regarding his alleged involvement in a 2001 share-rigging scandal.
The Cabinet was today to consider a bill passed by Lee's opponents in parliament calling for the probe by a special prosecutor. Incumbent Roh Moo-Hyun has said he will not veto the bill, despite GNP calls to do so.
State prosecutors early this month cleared Lee of links to the case involving his former business partner and a firm called BBK.
But rivals then publicized apparent new video evidence of Lee's past connection to the suspect firm.
Lee, 66, denies any wrongdoing and has said he is confident he will again be cleared.


Updated : 2021-05-12 23:43 GMT+08:00