President Moon Jae-in has carried out his Cabinet and staff reshuffles on April 16, affecting five ministries and Cheong Wa Dae staffs.
Presidential Chief of Staff Yoo Young-min held a briefing at the Chunchugwan in the afternoon and announced the reshuffle of the prime minister and five ministers.
Kim Boo-gyeom, a former four-term lawmaker, has been nominated as South Korea's new prime minister, Cheong Wa Dae announced.
President Moon Jae-in implemented the Cabinet reshuffle, seeking new momentum in his leadership that was further dampened by the ruling Democratic Party's rout in the April 7 Seoul and Busan mayoral by-elections.
Presidential chief of staff You Young-min said Kim's affluent experiences and expertise on political and administrative affairs, and a balanced sense of political affairs and ability were considered for the nomination.
The president also nominated Noh Hyeong-ouk, minister for government policy coordination at the prime minister's office, to lead the ministry of land, infrastructure and transport.
Moon Sung-wook, deputy head of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, was named as minister of trade, industry and energy.
President Moon also nominated An Kyung-duk, a standing member of the Economic, Social & Labor Council, as minister of employment and labor, and Lim Hye-sook, chief of National Research Council of Science & Technology, as science minister, while deciding to promote Park Jun-young, vice minister of oceans and fisheries, to the ministerial position.