President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol announced his nomination of eight ministers of his government on April 10, 2022.
The new nominees included Rep. Choo Kyung-ho as new Deputy Prime Minister for Economy and former Republic of Korea Armemf Forces Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Lee Jong-sup as his new Defense Minister.
Yoon also appointed Lee Chang-yang, a professor of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, as his Industry Minister and former Governor Won Hee-ryong of the Jeju Province as his new Minister of Land.
Moon also named Lee Jong-ho, director of Seoul National University's semiconductor research institute, as his new Science Minister and former Director Chung Ho-young of Kyungpook National University Hospital as his new Minister of Health.
Former Vice President Park Bo-gyoon of the leading Korean-language daily, JoongAng Ilbo, was named as new Minister of Culture and former National Assemblyman Kim Hyun-sook was appointed as Minister of Gender Equality & Family.
Details of the appointment of the eight ministers:
President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol personally announced on the afternoon of Arpil 10, 2022, his appointment of eight ministerial candidates, including Choo Kyung-ho as new Deputy Prime Minister of Economy, and Won Hee-ryong as the candidate for Minister of Land, Infrastructure & Transport. Yoon made the announcement at the 20th meeting of the Presidential Transfer Committee in Tongui-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul.
According to the announcement, Chairman Won Hee-ryong of the Planning Committee of the Transfer Committee, was unexpectedly selected as the first candidate for the Minister of Land, Infrastructure & Transport.
Also, Mrs. Kim Hyun-sook was named as the candidate to head the Ministry of Women and Gender Equality, which Yoon has formerly declared that he would abolish.
On the afternoon of the same day, Yoon visited the press conference room on the first floor at the office of the Transition Committee in Tongui-dong, Seoul, and directly announced the 8 candidates for the first ministers of the ‘Yoon Cabinet.’
Rep. Choo Kyung-ho of the People Power Party, was nominated as the First Deputy Prime Minister for Economy & Minister of Strategy & Finance.
Yoon said, “Mr. Choo is an orthodox economic bureaucrat who has been highly valued for his ability to plan and coordinate current issues of the state.
Candidate Choo said, "The economic situation is in Korea today is very serious, and I will try to do my level best to find a solution to these problems by listening to the voices of the people and listening to the opinions of many experts and also those of the general public."
Former Governor Won Hee-ryong of the Jeju Province has been nominated as the Minister of Land, Infrastructure & Transport, who will be in charge of the real estate matters, which are drawing the attention of the general public and which are considered to be as the biggest task of the Yoon Administration.
President-elect Yoon said, “Mr. Won was a third-term member of the National Assembly and also Jeju governor twice and performed innovative city administration.”
Then he added that it is important to provide sufficient housing where there is demand to stabilize the real estate market, and to design a fair access and wide-area transportation system, which is a key area for balanced development.
Candidate Won said on the same day that he had no professional experience and said, "I take it as a means to play a political role by combining the opinions of experts and the public's perspective."
Park Bo-gyun, a former journalist and special advisor, was nominated for the Minister of Culture, Sports & Tourism candidate, and Chang-yang Lee, a professor of business engineering at KAIST, was nominated as the Minister of Trade, Industry & Energy.
Candidate Park was a former vice president of the JoongAng Ilbo Korean-language daily newspaper, and served as a special adviser to President-elect Yoon at the transition committee.
Yoon said, “Mr. Park was a journalist interested in culture and history and poured his passion into the work of his position while working as a journalist for nearly 40 years.”
Regarding Candidate Lee, Yoon said, "As an administrative official, he dealt with trade and industrial policies, and after entering academia, he has a reputation for being an expert in technological innovation and economics, with a wealth of insight and insight into high-tech industries."
Candidate Lee Jong-seop picked for new Minister of National Defense is a representative ROK-U.S. policy officer in the military who served as deputy chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Lee is a 40th-term graduate from the ROK Military Academy, who graduated from the University of Tennessee with a PhD in Political Science, and is now currently serving as a member of the Foreign Affairs and Security Division of the Transition Committee.
President-elect Yoon said, “He made a great contribution to the ROK-U.S. security alliance.
Candidate Lee said, "The priority is to gather the opinions of the members of the military in one direction, and we will faithfully promote the defense innovation that the government has developed."
"It is also very important to strengthen the ROK-U.S. relationship and our own ability to deter North Korean provocations and threats," he said.
Former Kyungpook National University Hospital Director Jeong Ho-young was nominated for Minister of Health and Welfare, and Seoul National University Semiconductor Research Center Director Lee Jong-ho was nominated for Minister of Science and ICT.
President-elect Yoon said, "Mr. Lee is a world-class authority on semiconductor technology," and predicted that based on his long experience in domestic research, he is expected to lead the development of advanced science and technology, which is the foundation for dynamic innovative growth."
Regarding candidate Chung, Yoon said, “As a surgeon, he has been involved in cancer surgery and medical administration for 37 years.”