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Lee comes up with premier short list

Korea’s presidential office is putting its final touches on selecting a nominee for new prime minister, short-listing three to four candidates for the post, sources said Tuesday.

The government of President Lee Myung-bak, who is halfway through his five-year term, suffered a political blow late last month after his nominee for prime minister withdrew amid allegations of ethical lapses.

The botched nomination of Kim Tae-ho, a two-term governor of South Gyeongsang Province, as prime minister was part of an extensive Cabinet reshuffle conducted on Aug. 8 to regain public support.

Candidates for prime minister are said to include Kim Hwang-sik, chairman of the state auditor Board of Audit and Inspection, Cho Moon-je, a former Supreme Court justice and Rep. Jeon Jae-hee of the ruling Grand National Party.

Some insiders at the presidential office say the nomination could be made as early as Sunday or as late as late next week.


Yonhap

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