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Anticorruption chief to resign over husband’s candidacy

Korea’s anticorruption agency chief has offered to resign over her husband’s decision to run for president, agency officials said yesterday.

Kim Young-ran, who leads the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), expressed her intention to step down in a face-to-face meeting with Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik on Monday, according to the ACRC.

“The chief plans to submit a letter of resignation as early as today. She sees it as inappropriate to perform official duties when her husband has decided to seek candidacy,” an official said, requesting anonymity.

Kim, known for her service as the country’s first-ever female justice of the Supreme Court from 2004-2010, was appointed as head of the agency in 2010 and has been leading a bill to toughen crackdowns on public officials involved in irregularities.

Her husband, Kang Ji-won, served as a prosecutor for over 20 years through 2002, and has since been focusing on resolving adolescent issues. Kang said he will declare his official bid within the day.

President Lee Myung-bak’s single five-year term ends next February, and he cannot seek re-election by law. Yonhap

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