South Korean Presidential Office Denies Considering Moon Aides for Key Posts

South Korean presidential office denies reports of appointing former Moon aides as PM and chief of staff, amid post-election challenges and calls for bipartisan cooperation.

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South Korean Presidential Office Denies Considering Moon Aides for Key Posts

South Korean Presidential Office Denies Considering Moon Aides for Key Posts

The South Korean presidential office has denied reports that two people close to former President Moon Jae-in are under consideration for the positions of prime minister and presidential chief of staff. The office stated that appointing former SMEs Minister Park Young-sun as prime minister and former head of the Institute for Democracy Yang Jung-chul as chief of staff, as reported by certain news outlets, has not been considered.

The reports come as the current prime minister, presidential chief of staff, and senior presidential secretaries have submitted their resignations following the ruling party's defeat in the recent parliamentary elections. President Yoon Suk Yeol had earlier said he would "take heed of the public sentiment and communicate more with people with humility and flexibility" after the election defeat.

Park and Yang are known to be close to the previous liberal administration under Moon. According to sources, Yang has said the reports about his potential appointment are "farfetched".

The presidential office also denied reports that Yoon is considering appointing Kim Jong-min, co-leader of the minor New Future Party, as the inaugural special minister for political affairs, calling the story "absurd". However, a senior presidential official admitted that all three individuals are under strong consideration, noting that Yoon said there is nothing he cannot do for the people following the election defeat.

The news triggered mixed reactions from Yoon's allies and opponents, with some seeing it as a sign of bipartisan cooperation, while others criticized the possibility of appointing figures who "deny the conservative party's identity".

In response to the reports, the presidential office spokesman stated that the appointments of these individuals have not been reviewed. The office reiterated that no such appointments are being considered and that the reports are not true.

In the wake of the parliamentary election defeat, the current administration faces challenges, yet the presidential office remains firm in its stance that former aides of Moon Jae-in are not being considered for key positions such as prime minister and chief of staff. The office's denials aim to quell speculation and maintain focus on the administration's goals moving forward.

Key Takeaways

  • South Korean presidential office denies reports of appointing former Moon aides.
  • Current PM, chief of staff, and senior secretaries have submitted resignations.
  • Yoon says he will communicate more with people after election defeat.
  • Office denies reports of appointing figures from opposing party as well.
  • Presidential office reiterates no such appointments are being considered.