South Korean President names new chief of staff, reshuffles top aides

(From Yonhap)

President Park Geun-hye on Sunday appointed Lee Won-jong, who led the presidential committee on regional development, to be her new chief of staff.

Park Geun-hye

Park Geun-hye

Lee, 74, who served as the Seoul mayor and North Chungcheong governor in his 50 years of public service, will replace Lee Byung-kee, who is stepping down following the ruling Saenuri Party’s defeat in the April 13 polls.

He also led the Korea Institute of Local Finance and the Seoul Institute, a local think tank, before joining Park’s administration in July 2013 as the chief of the Presidential Committee on Regional Development.

“The new chief of staff has abundant experience and knowledge in administrative affairs,” Kim Sung-woo, the chief presidential press secretary, said. Read More

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