Scandal-struck presidential aide named vice knowledge economy minister
In the replacement of 23 vice ministerial officials, Lee also named his former spokesman, Park Sun-kyoo, as vice culture minister, and Chang Soo-man, vice defense minister, as the new head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, according to Lee's office, Cheong Wa Dae.
Lee Yong-gul, vice finance minister, was appointed vice defense minister and tasked with spearheading the country's defense reform drive.
The move follows a sweeping Cabinet reshuffle earlier this month.
Yoo Sung-kull, head of the finance ministry's budget bureau, was promoted to the post of vice minister and Lee Joon-gyu, ambassador for overseas Koreans and consular affairs, was assigned to lead the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security, a think tank under the wing of the foreign ministry.
The fate of Park Young-joon, the new vice minister of knowlege economy, drew keen media attention as he has long been under pressure to step down from his current vice ministerial post at the Prime Minister's Office.
Park, one of the closest aides to the president and his elder brother Rep. Lee Sang-deuk, has handled Seoul's efforts to expand official development assistance for poor nations at the Prime Minister's Office.
But he is accused of having been involved in political affairs.
Critics say Park is suspected of being behind the recent surveillance of a businessman critical of the Lee administration by a public ethics team at the Prime Minister's Office.