More Than 3,300 Academics Demand Cho Kuk's Resignation

  • By Cho Yoo-mi

    September 19, 2019 12:32

    More than 3,300 university professors nationwide have signed a petition demanding the resignation of scandal-ridden new Justice Minister Cho Kuk.

    They gathered in front of Cheong Wa Dae on Thursday morning to deliver their demand.

    The number is even bigger than the 2,234 academics who signed a petition demanding the former President Park Geun-hye step down over a cronyism scandal in November 2016.

    University professors demand the resignation of Justice Minister Cho Kuk at a rally in front of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Thursday.

    The academics that launched the new petition said signatories surpassed the 2,500 mark on Wednesday evening. The petition, which kicked off last Saturday, laments the "breakdown of social justice and ethics because of the appointment of Cho as justice minister."

    Cho, an erstwhile poster boy for a new clean politics, is accused of influence-peddling in his children's academic admissions as well as dodgy financial dealings in connection with a hedge fund owned by his family.

    His wife was indicted for document forgery on the day of his confirmation hearing.

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