President Moon Jae-in appointed Kim Boo-kyum, former Minister of Public Administration and Security, as the successor to Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun.
President Moon also reorganized five ministries, including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, the Ministry of Science and ICT, the Ministry of Employment and Labor, and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.
Yoo Young-min, head of the Presidential Secretary Department, announced the results of the appointment at the briefing that afternoon.
Candidate Kim Boo-kyum is expected to become the third and last Prime Minister of the Moon Jae-in administration after former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun. It is also said that all leading politicians were selected in the Moon Jae-in government's state affairs.
Candidate Kim was formerly a member of the 4th National Assembly from the Democratic Party and served as the first Minister of Public Administration and Security in Moon Jae-in administration.
In particular, as a member of the Democratic Party, he was active in Daegu and Gyeongbuk (TK) regions, after being elected in Daegu Suseong-gap at the 20th general elections in 2016, and is regarded a symbol of overcoming regionalism within the party.
The replacement came as Prime Minister Chung, who is considered to be one of the ruling party's presidential candidates, expressed his will to resign. It is also linked to a massive personnel reappointment of the entire ruling party following the Democratic Party's crushing defeat in the April 7 re-elections.
"Candidate Kim Boo-kyum is an integrated politician," said head of the Presidential Secretary Deoartment Yoo, and explained the reasoning of the appointment as "the right person to solve the urgent demands of the nation such as overcoming the COVID-19, solving the real estate issues, and stabilizing people's livelihood."
Cabinet offices were also newly organized.
Roh Hyung-wook, former head of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, was appointed as the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport in charge of real estate policies, Moon Seung-wook, the second deputy director of the Office for Government Policy Coordination, was appointed as Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy, Lim Hye-sook, chairman of the National Science and Technology Research Association, was appointed as the Minister of Science and Technology.
In addition, Ahn Kyung-duk, a standing member of the Economic and Social Labor Committee was appointed as the Minister of Labor, and Vice Minister Park Joon-young was appointed as the Minister of Oceans and Fisheries.
In this reappointment, many government officials and experts were newly reappointed. It is interpreted as reflecting President Moon's determination to stably finish major national affairs by maintaining continuity of the policy at the end of his term.
It is reported that four ministers except the Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport have been in office for more than a year and a half. Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Byun Chang-heum was appointed at the end of last year, but resigned last month in regard to the incident of the Korea Land and Housing Corporation (LH).