S. Korean President names Kim Byong-joon as new PM

Seoul [South Korea], Nov. 2 : Reshuffling the cabinet on Wednesday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye named Kim Byong-joon as the new Prime Minister and Yim Jong-yong as the deputy minister for economic affairs amid a controversial scandal surrounding her longtime confidante, Park's office said.

Kim, a former senior presidential policy secretary to late President Roh Moo-hyun is currently a professor at the Kookmin University in Seoul and Yim is the chairman of the Financial Services Commission (FSC), the country's financial regulator, reports Xinhua news agency.

Park Seung-joo was named as the new minister of public safety and security. This move comes amid allegations on Choi Soon-sil, who is suspected of intervening in state affairs and peddling influence behind the scenes by using her longtime friendship with President Park.

Source: ANI