Yoon Launches Cabinet of Mostly Older Male SNU Graduates

  • By Kim Seung-jae, Joo Hyung-sik

    May 16, 2022 11:35

    President Yoon Suk-yeol's 109-member Cabinet consists overwhelmingly of men in their 50s who were born in Seoul, graduated from the prestigious Seoul National University and have previous government experience.

    The presidential office claims the appointments are strictly based on ability, but the shortage of women and people from liberal strongholds like Gwangju and neighboring Jeolla provinces is glaring.

    Their average age is 56.8, with 77 of the 109 members being in their 50s, while 26 are in their 60s and only five are whippersnappers in their 40s. All but nine of them are men.

    President Yoon Suk-yeol chairs a Cabinet meeting at the presidential office in Yongsan on May 12. /Newsis

    By region, the big cities dominate, with 32 coming from Seoul, 22 from Busan, Ulsan and South Gyeongsang Province and 18 from Daegu and North Gyeongsang Province. Only 10 come from Dajeon and South Chuncheong Province, seven from North Chungcheong Province, nine from North Jeolla Province and three from South Jeolla Province. None are from Gwangju.

    By alma mater, a full 50 graduated from the country's top-ranked SNU, 14 from almost equally elite Yonsei University, 13 from prestigious Korea University and five from the Korea Military Academy.

    Technocrats and professional administrators dominate, with 53 being career bureaucrats, 16 politicians, 13 academics and 10 prosecutors. 

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