Park nominates Justice Minister Hwang as new prime minister

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Park nominates Justice Minister Hwang as new prime minister

President Park Geun-hye nominated Justice Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as her new prime minister on Thursday. Hwang, 58, served as the Park cabinet’s justice minister since March 2013.

Hwang is known as a prosecutor who specialized in pursuing anti-state crimes. Born in Seoul, he graduated from the law department of Sungkyunkwan University and passed the 23rd bar exam in 1981. He was head of the Changwon District Prosecutors’ Office, in South Gyeongsang, and the Daegu High Prosecutors’ Office in North Gyeongsang. He retired from the prosecution in 2011

The prime minister post has been vacant for weeks after Lee Wan-koo stepped down from the post over a payoff scandal.

BY SER MYO-JA [ser.myoja@joongang.co.kr]
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