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PM nominee quits amid controversy over historical views

All Headlines 10:15 June 24, 2014

PM nominee-withdrawal

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PM nominee quits amid controversy over historical views

SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's prime minister nominee withdrew his name Tuesday amid mounting criticism of his allegedly pro-Japanese views.

Moon Chang-keuk's withdrawal comes two weeks after President Park Geun-hye named him to the post in a Cabinet reshuffle aimed at restoring public confidence in her administration.

Moon's withdrawal is expected to deal another blow to the Park government, which has come under public fire for its mishandling of a deadly ferry disaster in April.

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The nominee, a former chief editorial writer for the JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, has been under pressure to quit from both the ruling and opposition parties following revelations that he described Japan's 1910-45 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula and the subsequent division of the peninsula into South and North Korea as God's will.

In South Korea, prime minister nominees are subject to parliamentary confirmation.

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