Moon calls for reform in prosecution and in education, and appoints seven minister-level picks

President Moon Jae-in has called for a speedy
reform of South Korea’s prosecution and a fairer system in the education sector. He made the call this Monday while appointing
seven of his new minister-level officials, including incoming Justice Minister, Cho Kuk,
who was mired in a series of allegations surrounding him and his family. Our senior political correspondent, Shin Se-min
with more. President Moon Jae-in called on Monday for
the reform of two key fields the prosecution and education. “The remaining task is to secure political
neutrality among the authorities, to establish them firmly as national institutions and perfect
them legally and systematically. The administration will reform this system
that’s become a source of irrationalism and vested rights that frustrates the public.” The remark came during a ceremony for the
administration’s latest Cabinet shake-up including the appointment of Justice Minister Cho Kuk
whose family members have been making headlines in an escalating nepotism scandal. The president, however stood by his Justice
Minister pick who had been seen as the architect of the liberal administration’s prosecution
reform project. And his call to rectify the education sector
comes amid strong doubts and distrust over the nation’s college admission system, which
was brought into the spotlight again through the daughter of Cho. A former senior presidential secretary for
civil affairs, now Justice Minister had gathered a significant amount of attention from all
political camps and the public upon his nomination last month,… due to a string of alleged
misdeeds involving his family members. Those suspicions ranging from preferential
treatment for his daughter in the admission to renowned colleges,… to his family’s dubious
investment in a private equity fund. Also included in the reshuffle,… Choi Ki-young
takes the post of Minister of Science and ICT. Choi is an expert in intelligent semiconductors,
and his appointment reflects the administration’s goal of boosting domestic R&D in the semiconductor
industry. Leading the gender equality ministry, Lee
Jung-ok, a prominent scholar in sociology and an avid advocate for women’s movements,
taking the helm. Kim Hyun-soo is given the post of agriculture
minister. He had been already at the post since the
end of August becoming the president’s only pick to have earned parliamentary support
through this Cabinet shakeup Eun Sung-soo, a former president of Export-Import
Bank of Korea, will now lead the nation’s top financial regulator, the Financial Services
Commission. And Joh Sung-wook becomes the head of the
Fair Trade Commission, replacing Kim Sang-jo, who is now a presidential chief of staff for
policy. A lawyer specializing in freedom of the press,
Han Sang-hyuk will take over to become the director of the Korea Communications Commission. Shin Se-min, Arirang News.

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