S Korean president calls for more transparent leadership

14:49, December 23, 2009      

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bakon Wednesday called for more transparent leadership in the country, coinciding with the country's anti-corruption watchdog's plan to keep a closer eye on corruption among high-ranking officials.

"It is very important to stamp out corruption among leaders, such as government officials and politicians," Lee was quoted as saying at a meeting with the country's Justice Ministry, Anti-corruption and Civil Rights Commission and Ministry of Government Legislation, according to local media.

The remark coincided with the announcement by the anti-corruption body that it plans to introduce an assessment system on corruption among 1,500 high-ranking government officials starting next year.

The anti-corruption commission will also expand its inspection on transparency of government organizations, from the current 470 organizations to 650 ones by 2010, the commission said.

The president's comment also comes at a time when two prominent South Korean politicians, former Prime Minister Han Myeong-sook and the main opposition Democratic Party leader Chung Se-kyun, have recently been implicated in a bribery scandal.

Both Han and Chung have flatly rejected suspicions, but prosecutors earlier this week indicted Han without physical detention.

Source: Xinhua
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