President Moon Jae-in is calling 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 Cho Kuk, now Justice Minister, whose nomination was controversial because of his
family’s alleged ethical lapses and illegal activities.
Shin Se-min has the details. President Moon Jae-in called on Monday for
the reform of two key fields directly related to the livelihoods of the people — 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 appointment of former senior presidential
secretary for civil affairs Cho Kuk as the new Justice Minister, caused an uproar among
lawmakers and the public over the past month. Cho was questioned over a string of alleged
misdeeds involving his family members– from preferential treatment for his daughter in
the admission to renowned colleges,… to his family’s dubious investment in a private
equity fund– to which,… the now Justice Minister had denied all allegations.
Cho’s wife has even been indicted on charges of document forgery.
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, takes the helm.
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.