Moon Completes Appointments of Key Officials

      July 04, 2017 13:10

      President Moon Jae-in on Monday wrapped up the appointment of his Cabinet by selecting his candidates for the ministers of health and welfare, and of commerce, industry and energy. The final appointments came 54 days after his inauguration on May 10.

      The average age of his Cabinet is unexpectedly higher than even under previous conservative administrations at an autumnal 61.3 years.

      Seven out of the 18 are from South Gyeongsang Province, Moon's home region. Five come from the liberal stronghold of South Jeolla Province, three from the Chungcheong region, two from Seoul and one from surrounding Gyeonggi Province.

      Four are women, and only six career politicians. Four were university professors, two civic activists and two bureaucrats.


      But with the exceptions of Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon and Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-hwa, most are from the camp surrounding former President Roh Moo-hyun, whose chief of staff Moon was. They worked either at Cheong Wa Dae or progressive civic groups or had a key role in Moon's election campaign.

      Most graduated from elite universities in Seoul -- five from Seoul National University, three from Korea University and three from Yonsei University.

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