President Park Geun-hye named a former veteran administrator and politician Monday to lead a presidential committee charged with developing plans on moving more of administrative power and roles from the central government to local authorities.
Sim Dae-pyung, who served as governor of South Chungcheong Province four times between 1988 and 2006, was named chairman of the Presidential Committee on Local Autonomy Development, senior presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun said.
Former ruling party lawmaker Kwon Kyung-seok was appointed as its vice chairman, Lee added.
Sim, 72, also served as a national legislator twice until last year as a leader of the conservative minor opposition Liberty Forward Party, which was merged into the ruling Saenuri Party ahead of last year’s presidential election. (Yonhap News)