President Park Geun-hye on Thursday appointed four key senior secretaries as part of her reshuffle plan aimed at refurbishing the battered image of the government in the aftermath of the ferry disaster.
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)