Moon to replace finance minister as early as this week

SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in plans to replace his finance minister as early as this week, an official familiar with the issue said Thursday.

The announcement on replacing Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon could be made before Moon leaves for Singapore on Nov. 13 for annual summits with Southeast Asian and other regional partners, the official said.

ZMoon will visit Papua New Guinea on Nov. 17 and 18 for a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Hong Nam-ki, chief of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, is tipped as a favorite to succeed Kim.

The move comes after Kim displayed sharp differences with Jang Ha-sung, presidential chief of staff for policy, over how to handle Asia's fourth-largest economy, with Kim voicing a need to alter the existing "income-driven" growth policy and Jang insisting on sticking to a distribution-centered policy.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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