S Korea's president conducts small-scale shakeup

13:50, July 21, 2011      

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak nominated Thursday the new vice ministers for agriculture and environment in a small-scale shakeup, his office said.

Lee Sang-kil was appointed as the first vice agriculture minister, and Yoon Jong-soo was tapped for the vice environment minister, according to Kim Du-woo, a presidential spokesman. Both were promoted to their respective No. 2 posts at the ministries.

Former Culture Minister Yoo In-chon became Lee's special adviser, and new heads of the state-run Korea Customs Service and Statistic Korea were also announced.

Lee's earlier appointments of the new justice minister and the top prosecutor, meanwhile, have met with strong resistance from opposition lawmakers fearing their close personal ties to the president might compromise their neutrality on the job.

The two are awaiting the parliamentary confirmation hearing, though the parliament cannot veto Lee's nomination for prosecutor general.

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