South Korea president nominates new prime minister

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea's president has nominated a new prime minister and accepted the resignations of two senior officials in what is seen as the start of a government shake-up in the wake of last month's ferry disaster.

Spokesman Min Kyung-wook said Thursday that President Park Geun-hye had nominated a former Supreme Court justice to replace the current prime minister, who has offered to quit over the ferry sinking. The disaster left more than 300 people dead or missing.

 South Korea Ship Sinking
Relatives of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol watch a television news program showing South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won speaks at a press conference after offering his resignation, at a gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, Sunday, April 27, 2014. South Korea's President Park Geun-hye accepted Chung's resignation Sunday over the government's handling of a deadly ferry sinking, although she didn't set a last day in office. (AP Photo)


Park's nomination requires parliamentary approval.

Min said Park had also accepted resignations offers by the national security director and the country's spy chief.

Park has said she will disband the coast guard, downsize two government ministries and establish two new state agencies in efforts to better cope with future disasters. (AP)

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