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Confirmation hearing for prime minister-designate due on Aug. 24-25

All Headlines 17:08 August 09, 2010

By Shim Sun-ah

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- Rival parties agreed Monday to hold a confirmation hearing for the prime minister-designate for two days from Aug. 24.

Deputy floor leaders of the ruling Grand National Party (GNP) and the main opposition Democratic Party said they also decided to hold confirmation hearings for eight other nominees for Cabinet minister posts and the chief of the National Tax Service for a week from Aug. 16.

Kim Tae-ho, the 47-year-old former governor of South Gyeongsang Province, was nominated as prime minister by President Lee Myung-bak in a reshuffle Sunday that also replaced seven ministers, two minister-level officials and two vice minister-level officials.

Rep. Hwang Woo-yea of the GNP will chair the 13-member special legislative committee overseeing the confirmation hearing for Kim, the parties said. The GNP holds majority in the 299-seat National Assembly.

A one-day floor session for a vote to confirm a Supreme Court justice has been accordingly rescheduled from Aug. 24 to Aug. 27, they said.

Lee In-bok, the chief judge at the Chuncheon District Court, was picked to be a Supreme Court justice to replace Kim Young-ran, the country's first woman appointed to the panel of 13 justices at the country's highest court. Kim retires later this month.

The parties also said their floor leaders will meet this week to discuss a wide range of pending state issues, including a government project to develop four rivers that critics say will damage the environment and passing bills closely related to the people's lives.


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