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National Assembly approves appointment of Prime Minister Lee Wan-kooWith an edge of meager seven votes

The National Assembly approved the appointment of Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo at its plenary session on Feb. 16, 2015 with an edge of only seven votes.

▲Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo

Of the total 281 lawmakers participating, 148 voted in favor of his appointment, 128 against and five ineffective. The approval rating was 52.7% second to the lowest in the history of parliamentary action on the PM designates.
The five lawmakers of the modest progressive Justice Party did not take part in the voting--otherwise the approving edge would have been reduced to mere two votes.
Following the designation of Lee as prime minister by President Park Geun-hye on Jan. 23, 2015, Lee had been favorably received by the general public, including a substantial number of opposition lawmakers. However, his popularity rating plummeted to the bottom due to his remarks at an informal meeting with journalists that he had a great measure of influence on the leaders of the mass communications media.

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