Park named Rep. Ahn Chong-bum of the ruling Saenuri Party, as new senior secretary for economic affairs, Minister of Gender Equality and Family Cho Yoon-sun as senior secretary for political affairs and former senior prosecutor Kim Young-han as senior secretary for civil affairs. Song Gwang-yong, former president of Seoul National University of Education, was named senior secretary for education and culture.
|Ahn Chong-bum and Cho Yoon-sun (Yonhap)|
Following the replacement of presidential aides, the president is also expected to conduct a massive Cabinet reshuffle within this week.
The president, meanwhile, decided to keep Chief of Staff Kim Ki-choon, a longtime aide to Park, who has been criticized for exercising too much power behind the scenes.
Park has been under pressure to abandon Kim, who has been attacked for making a series of unsuccessful nominations, relying heavily on his networks of prosecutors and judges. Kim, a former justice minister, is the head of the presidential committee for personnel affairs.
By Cho Chung-un(firstname.lastname@example.org)