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South Korean president appoints new prime minister

Lawmakers approved former parliament speaker as new premier, inauguration to be held Tuesday, say local reports

Islamuddin Sajid   | 14.01.2020
South Korean president appoints new prime minister FILE PHOTO


South Korea's president on Tuesday appointed a new premier for the country, local media reported.

Former National Assembly speaker Chung Sye-kyun will be sworn in later on Tuesday, Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported.

Speaking to reporters, President Moon Jae-in said he would grant the prime minister a greater administrative role and authority, the agency added.

On Monday night, the National Assembly passed the confirmation motion for Chung during a plenary session although lawmakers with the main opposition Liberty Korea Party voted against it.

Chung led the National Assembly for two years through the end of May 2018.

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