South Korea

Cabinet reshuffle after poor election results


Following poor by-election results late last month, President Lee Myong-bak has made a limited Cabinet reshuffle, but surprised analysts by not replacing the unification and justice ministers.

The new ministers, who are subject to but not bound by parliamentary scrutiny, are:

Bahk Jae-wan, Ministry of Strategy and Finance. He is a close ally of the President and was previously Employment and Labor Minister from 2010.

Lee Chae-pil, Ministry of Employment and Labor. He was formerly the Vice Minister in this Ministry.

Kwon Do-yup, Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs. He was formerly the First Vice Minister in this Ministry, served as head of the state run Korea Expressway Corporation and will be responsible for the four river development project.

Suh Kyu-yong, Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He was previously the President of the Korean Farmers and Fishermen’s Weekly.

Yoo Young-sook, Ministry of Environment. She was previously the Principal Research Scientist at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)

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