Moon to ask National Assembly for confirmation hearing report on education minister nominee

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in will ask the National Assembly to send him a report on the education minister nominee’s confirmation hearing by Monday, his spokesman said, a procedural step required before Moon goes ahead with the appointment.

Moon nominated Rep. Yoo Eun-hae of the ruling Democratic Party late last month to serve concurrently as deputy prime minister for social affairs and education minister. If formally appointed, Yoo would be the first female deputy prime minister.

But the main opposition Liberty Korea Party has raised objections, claiming Yoo is unfit for the job due to a series of ethical lapses, including false registration of her daughter’s address to get her admitted to a better elementary school.

The parliamentary education committee held a confirmation hearing on Sept. 19, but failed to adopt a report on its outcome due to opposition objections. By law, the National Assembly cannot reject a minister’s nomination, and refusal to adopt a confirmation hearing report is the most it can do to express objections.

Regardless of whether a confirmation hearing report is adopted or not, the president can go ahead and appoint the nominee if the National Assembly fails to comply with his request for the report within a specified period of time.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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