Park replaces seven Cabinet Ministers
President Park Geun-hye has replaced seven of her 17 Cabinet ministers in a long awaited Cabinet reshuffle. The only surprise was that Maritime Minister Lee Joo-young did not lose his post; he has offered to resign following the MV Sewol ferry disaster but it is believed that he is needed in the post to maintain continuity in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Meanwhile Park’s nominee for Prime Minister, Moon Chang-geuk, has run into trouble following apparent controversial remarks he made in a series of lectures some years ago. The previous nominee for the post, Ahn Dae-hee, had to stand down following intense questioning of his financial affairs by parliament. The vacancy has arose because Prime Minister Chung Hong-won stepped down on 27th April following the sinking of a passenger ferry, 6,825-ton MV Sewol.
The list of the new Cabinet Ministers as collated by us from a number of sources is as follows:
Choi Kyoung-hwan; Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs
Kim Myung-soo; Deputy Prime Minister for Educational, Social and Cultural Affairs
Chong Jong-sup; Minister of Security and Public Administration
Choi Yang-hee; Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning
Chung Sung-keun; Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports
Kim Hee-Jung; Minister for Gender Equality and Family
Lee Ki-kweon; Minister of Labour