South Korean President Moon Jae In on Friday appointed Kim Boo Kyum, the country’s new prime minister, in a cabinet reform designed to strengthen his party after a heavy defeat in local elections.
Kim, a former interior minister and deputy, will succeed Chung Sye Kyun if he wins parliamentary support, which must also approve six other candidates selected by Moon for Land, Industry, Fisheries, Labor, and Science and Technology Ministries .
The changes within the government come a week after the Democratic Party suffered a major loss in the local elections in the political and economic scandal.
Given the elections as evidence of the party’s political prowess in the face of the presidential election scheduled for March 2022, the formation’s defeat calls government policies into question and could lead to a change in the government agenda, according to the agency.
Moon, whose term of office ends in 2022, has therefore ordered that the Ministry of Land remains in the hands of Noh Hyeong Ouk, that of Commerce in the hands of Moon Sung Wook, that of Labor, that of An Kyung Duk, and that of Science and Technology at Lim Hye Sook.