The ruling Democratic Party on Monday carried out a major personnel shake-up as part of its post-election reform efforts, which it said aim to better support new President Moon Jae-in.
It appointed third-term lawmaker Lee Choon-suak secretary-general and another third-term lawmaker Kim Tae-nyeon policy chief. Former lawmaker Kim Min-seok became the chief of the party's think tank, the Institute for Democracy.
"It is a personnel reorganization that we, as a ruling party, carry out to strengthen a healthy partnership among the ruling party, the government and the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae, and help President Moon successfully run state affairs," a party official said, declining to be named.
|This photo, taken on March 16, 2017, shows Rep. Lee Choon-suak speaking during a parliamentary session at the National Assembly in Seoul. (Yonhap)|
Reps. Kim Min-ki, Kim Young-ho and Lim Jong-seong were appointed vice secretary-generals.
First-term lawmaker Back Hye-ryun and former lawmaker Kim Hyun were picked as the party's new spokespersons.
Rep. Hong Ihk-pyo retained his vice policy chief post, while the party picked Rep. Mun Mi-ock as chief of staff to party leader Choo Mi-ae.
Meanwhile, the ruling party was set to elect its new floor leader on Tuesday to replace Rep. Woo Sang-ho whose one-year term ends this week.
Two third-term lawmakers -- Woo Won-shik and Hong Young-pyo -- are competing to succeed him. (Yonhap)
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