July 02, 2022

Yoon names lawmaker who opposed abolishing unification ministry to lead it

President-elect lauds Kwon Young-se as ‘centrist’ and ‘pragmatist,’ while tapping lawmaker Park Jin for foreign minister

South Korean president-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has nominated a four-term lawmaker who opposed proposals from his party to abolish the unification ministry to serve as its next leader and oversee inter-Korean affairs.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Yoon praised lawmaker Kwon Young-se of the People Power Party (PPP) as a “centrist and pragmatist” with in-depth knowledge of DPRK denuclearization and unification issues. Yoon also announced Park Jin, a four-term lawmaker who led the president-elect’s delegation to the U.S. last week, as his pick to be foreign minister.