- Title: South Korean president replaces top officials, vows to keep policies
- Date: 9th November 2018
- Summary: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (NOVEMBER 9, 2018) (REUTERS) SOUTH KOREAN SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS, YOON YOUNG-CHAN, WALKING TOWARD PODIUM AND BOWING JOURNALISTS TYPING NEWS BRIEFING IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS, YOON YOUNG-CHAN, SAYING: "President Moon Jae-in carried out a reshuffle of the Blue House (South Korea's Presidential Office) and the cabinet. (He) has nominated Hong Nam-ki, current head of the Government Policy Coordination Office, for new Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister. In addition, current Presidential Social Policy Aide, Kim Soo-Hyun, has been nominated for new chief of Presidential Policy Aide." NEWS BRIEFING IN PROGRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN SENIOR PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARY FOR PUBLIC RELATIONS, YOON YOUNG-CHAN, SAYING: "Today's appointments were intended to more strongly promote efforts to build an inclusive nation in which everyone gets better off together, while keeping continuity in the government's philosophy and policy stance." JOURNALISTS TYPING YOON SPEAKING AT PODIUM
- Embargoed: 23rd November 2018 06:55
- Keywords: South Korea President Moon Jae-in resuffles finance minister chief of Presidential Policy Aide
- Location: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- City: SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00195S8211
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: South Korean President Moon Jae-in has replaced his two top economic policymakers with current members of the government, his office announced on Friday (November 9), saying the changes were made to strengthen efforts to achieve a more equitable economy.
Moon has replaced chief presidential policy aide Jang Ha-sung and finance minister Kim Dong-yeon, the two most senior policymakers in charge of running Asia's fourth-largest economy, the presidential office announced.
Presidential social policy aide Kim Soo-hyun will succeed Jang and veteran bureaucrat Hong Nam-ki, currently head of the government policy co-ordination office, will be the new finance minister, the presidential office said.
It was a bigger reshuffle than expected, but the appointment of successors from within the government meant President Moon would pursue existing economic policies, which economists have said were hurting growth.
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