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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.

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