President Lee's top political aide named new home ministerPresident Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday named his top political advisor, Maeng Hyung-kyu, as new minister for public administration and security to oversee the country's police and administrative affairs.
Lee also tapped Choi Joong-kyung, ambassador to the Philippines, to be his new senior secretary for economic affairs, Lee's office announced.
The ministerial post for public administration has been vacant since Lee Dal-gon quit his job earlier this month to run in the June 2 local elections.
Maeng, a former television reporter, anchor and lawmaker, has served as the president's top secretary for political affairs at Cheong Wa Dae since 2008.
Choi, a veteran finance official, has been Seoul's top envoy to Manila since the same year.
His appointment would allow presidential policy chief Yoon Jin-shik, who has been doubling as senior secretary for the economy, to focus on coordinating the government's various policies on the economy, education and culture, according to Cheong Wa Dae. [YONHAP]