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President Moon appoints new head of broadcasting commission

All News 16:30 July 31, 2017

SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in appointed the new head of the top regulator for broadcasters on Monday by signing an electronic document for the appointment during his summer vacation.

Lee Hyo-seong, a former professor of Seoul's Sungkyunkwan University, was appointed the new chairman of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC).

Lee's appointment came after the opposition-led parliament failed to issue a report on the outcome of Lee's confirmation hearing held earlier in the month.

The president asked the parliamentary hearing committee to publish a hearing report by Sunday after the committee missed its first deadline that expired Wednesday.

The president requires parliamentary approval for the appointment of several top government and judicial officials, including prime minister and Supreme Court justices.

However, he does not need parliamentary approval for the appointment of KCC chief or ministers.

The opposition parties, led by the main opposition Liberty Korea Party, earlier objected Lee's appointment, accusing him of speculation and false registration of address allegedly aimed at speculation.

This file photo, taken July 19, 2017, shows Lee Hyo-seong, then nominee for the new head of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC) in a parliamentary confirmation hearing. The former Sungkyunkwan University professor was appointed the new KCC chief on July 31, 2017. (Yonhap)

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