President set to appoint new education minister
SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) — President Moon Jae-in was set to appoint a new education minister Tuesday despite objections from the main opposition party.
“The president just approved the appointment of Yoo Eun-hae as education minister,” Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, told a daily briefing.
An appointment ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at Cheong Wa Dae, the spokesman added.
Yoo, a lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party, will be appointed the new education minister and deputy prime minister for social affairs, one day after the National Assembly again failed to meet the deadline for issuing a report on the outcome of her confirmation hearing last month.
The report is considered the parliament’s blessing for a new minister, though a minister does not require parliamentary confirmation to be appointed.
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) objected to her appointment, citing her ethical lapses.
The party has also accused the president of disregarding the opposition’s voices despite his offer to form what he calls a quasi-coalition government with the opposition.
Yoo was nominated in late August, along with four other new ministers, including new Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo.
Jeong and the three other new ministers were appointed Sept. 21. They are Commerce Minister Sung Yun-mo, Labor Minister Lee Jae-kap and Minister of Gender Equality and Family Jin Sun-mee.
Source: Yonhap News Agency