Seoul appoints ‘Mr Smile’ as prime minister
Published 9:25 pm | December 17, 2019
South Korean President Moon Jae-in appointed an anodyne former parliamentary speaker known as “Mr Smile” as
prime minister Tuesday, after a previous cabinet appointment triggered a corruption scandal and mass protests.
Chung Sye-kyun — a six-term lawmaker and former commerce minister — earned the soubriquet for his mild demeanour, and local reports say he has six times been voted the “most gentlemanly lawmaker” by reporters covering the National Assembly.
“He has always persued politics that listen, by valuing dialogue and compromise with his gentle personality,” Moon said. Under South Korea’s strong executive presidency, the prime ministerial job is largely ceremonial.
Chung’s nomination comes after Moon’s first choice as justice minister, Cho Kuk, was forced to resign in October only a month after his appointment as a huge scandal swirled over academic privileges allegedly given to his children.
Huge crowds took to the streets in support of and against the law professor, and Moon ended up offering a public apology for “creating a conflict among citizens”.
দৈনিক সময় সংবাদ ২৪ ডট কম সংবাদের কোনো সংবাদ, তথ্য, ছবি,আলোকচত্রি, ভিডিওচিত্র, অডিও কনটেন্ট কপিরাইট আইনে র্পূব অনুমতি ছাড়া ব্যবহার করা সর্ম্পূণ বেআইনি। সামাজিক যোগাযোগ মাধ্যমে যে কোন কমেন্সের জন্য কর্তৃপক্ষ দায়ী নয়।