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National Assembly to hold confirmation hearings for 3 minister nominees

Politics 09:20 March 27, 2019

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- The National Assembly is set to hold confirmation hearings for President Moon Jae-in's picks for three ministers, including the nominee to lead the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups ministry, on Wednesday.

SMEs Minister nominee Park Young-sun, Interior Minister nominee Chin Young and Science Minister nominee Cho Dong-ho will face questions at the hearings set for 10 a.m. over their qualifications for the appointed posts and ethical standards.

They are among seven minister nominees who were named by President Moon in early March in a Cabinet reshuffle. Confirmation hearings for four nominees were held earlier this week.

For Park, a four-term lawmaker of the ruling Democratic Party, family issues, such as her son's dual nationality and a fake residential registration, will likely be highlighted during the hearing.

The main opposition Liberty Korea Party called for postponing the scheduled hearing for Park on Tuesday, saying she has refused to turn in necessary documents.

Chin is expected to face questions from opposition parties over his controversial investment in real estate.

He is known to have reaped more than 2 billion won (US$1.8 million) in profit with an investment in land, located near a building in Yongsan, central Seoul, where several tenants were killed in a blaze in 2009 during their protest against police to oppose a redevelopment plan of the area.

Cho will likely be grilled over several issues, including allegations that his son received a job favor and the nominee made suspected speculative property investment.

Park Young-sun, nominee to lead the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and startups ministry, answers questions from reporters on March 11, 2019, in this file photo. (Yonhap)


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