S Korean president shakes up Cabinet

13:25, December 31, 2010      

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak nominated Friday a new culture minister and a knowledge economy minister in a small cabinet shakeup, his office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Choung Byoung-gug, a three-term lawmaker of the governing Grand National Party, was named as new culture minister. He will replace Yoo In-chon, an actor and former professor.

Cho Joong-kyung, a senior presidential aide for economic affairs who also served as an ambassador to the Philippines, was tabbed as head of the ministry of knowledge economy. He will replace Choi Kyung-hwan of the ruling party, who assumed the post in 2009.

Lee also nominated a handful of others to key posts, including ministerial level ones such as heads of the Korea Fair Trade Commission and the Financial Services Commission.

Source: Xinhua
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