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Moon picks controversial aide Cho to head Justice

Jiji Press SEOUL (Jiji Press) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday appointed as justice minister Cho Kuk, a close aide at the center of corruption allegations.

The wife of the former senior secretary to the president for civil affairs has been indicted by public prosecutors without arrest for allegedly counterfeiting private documents related to their daughter’s suspected corrupt admission to a graduate school.

The appointment of the controversial aide as justice minister is likely to meet a backlash from the South Korean public, inevitably overshadowing the management of the Moon administration.

According to the presidential office, Cho’s term of office started at midnight Sunday.

After receiving a written appointment from Moon on Monday afternoon, Cho is slated to attend a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

Along with Cho, Moon newly appointed five ministerial-level officials.

Last month, Moon picked Cho, who had served as secretary to the president since the Moon administration was launched in May 2017, as a justice minister nominee, reflecting the president’s aim to push forward with prosecution reforms, a key policy of his government.

But allegations about dubious investments by Cho’s wife and his daughter’s corrupt admission appeared immediately after the nomination.Speech

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