President Moon appoints Yoon Seok-yeol as Prosecutor-General,… rival political parties clash…

President Moon appoints Yoon Seok-yeol as Prosecutor-General,… rival political parties clash…


President Moon Jae-in has appointed Yoon Seok-yeol
as the Prosecutor-General,… the head of the nation’s prosecution. Lawmakers in the opposition say he’s not fit
for the job, but the ruling party see him as a reformer who’ll help carry out President
Moon’s pledge to shake things up in the justice system. Shin Se-min with the details. Despite strong objections from the opposition
parties,… President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday appointed
reform-minded prosecutor Yoon Seok-yeol as the head of South Korea’s prosecution. The presidential office announced that his
two-year tenure will begin on July 25th,… a day after the outgoing Prosecutor General
Moon Moo-il’s term ends. Yoon had served since 2017 as the chief of
Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office, the largest prosecution office in the country,…
and according to the top office he worked to eradicate corruption. He is also known for playing a key role in
probing the wrongdoings of the previous two conservative administrations,… including
the massive power abuse scandal involving former President Park Geun-hye and her longtime
friend Choi Soon-sil. He also led a probe into suspicions that the
country’s intelligence service intervened in the 2012 presidential election. Picking Yoon to lead the prosecution is seen
as reflecting the president’s strong determination to reform the organization also one of the
president’s key campaign pledges during the 2017 election. Still,… the appointment has prompted a heated
clash. Yoon’s confirmation hearing report was blocked
by the main opposition, who claimed Yoon was unfit for the job and that he had delivered
false testimony during his confirmation hearing. Already, the main opposition Liberty Korea
Party and the minor Bareunmirae Party have criticized his appointment, saying it’s a
sign of the president ignoring the Korean people and the parliament. The ruling Democratic Party of Korea, through
a readout, has called on the opposition to stop holding back the reform process while
the Justice Party and the center-left Party for Democracy and Peace have agreed that Yoon’s
appointment is in line with the reform drive. Shin Se-min, Arirang News.

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