Moon nominates urban planning expert as new environment minister

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in nominated an urban planning expert and head of a state-run environment policy think tank to be the new environment minister, the presidential office announced Friday.

Cho Myung-rae, president of the Korea Environment Institute, was named to replace the incumbent, Kim Eun-kyung, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

The nomination is subject to a parliamentary confirmation hearing.

Cho, 63, graduated from Seoul’s Dankook University and won his masters and Ph.D degrees from the University of Sussex in Britain. He served as a Dankook University professor in urban and regional planning before assuming the KEI post last year.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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