Science minister nominee resigns amid deadlock over gov't reorganization bill

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Science minister nominee resigns amid deadlock over gov't reorganization bill

President Park Geun-hye's science minister nominee resigned Monday amid a prolonged parliamentary impasse over the new president's government reorganization bill.

"As I watched the confusion over the government reorganization bill, my dreams were also shattered," Kim Jeong-hoon, the nominee, told a news conference at the National Assembly in Seoul.

Kim, a 52-year-old Korean American tech entrepreneur, was named last month to become the first chief of Park's newly created future creation and science ministry.

The ministry, which comes under the government reorganization plan, has been a key source of dispute in the parliamentary impasse because the main opposition Democratic United Party insists it should not be given control over broadcasting policies currently handled by the watchdog Korea Communications Commission.

[Yonhap]
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