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Moon to name provincial governor as prime minister

All Headlines 09:51 May 10, 2017

SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) -- New President Moon Jae-in has picked a provincial governor to be his first prime minister, sources said Wednesday.

Moon, who took office hours after his election Tuesday, plans to announce his nomination of South Jeolla Province Gov. Lee Nak-yon later in the day, according to multiple sources.

"I understand that President Moon has had Gov. Lee in mind for quite a long time," one of the sources told Yonhap on the condition of anonymity. "Although he hasn't been able to notify Lee due to his campaigning, I believe his intention was indirectly delivered to him a few days ago."

Moon's choice apparently reflects his principle to build national unity through a diverse government. Lee is from the liberal stronghold of Honam.

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