Park nominates transition team chief Kim for prime minister
President-elect Park Geun-hye nominated Kim Yong-joon, a former Constitutional Court chief who now heads her transition team, to be the first prime minister of her incoming government.
Park announced on Thursday that the surprise nomination in a press conference at the transition committee.
Kim, 74, served as head of the Constitutional Court in 1994. He served as a co-chairperson of Park's campaign team for the Dec. 19 election and was named to lead the transition team last month.
Kim's nomination is subject to parliamentary approval following a confirmation hearing.