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(LEAD) Moon taps former Gangwon vice governor as new communication secretary

Politics 09:45 August 12, 2020

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SEOUL, Aug. 12 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in named Chung Man-ho, former vice governor of Gangwon Province, as his new senior secretary for public communication on Wednesday, Cheong Wa Dae said.

He also tapped Yoon Chang-yul, an official at the Office for Government Policy Coordination, as senior secretary for social policy, according to presidential spokesman Kang Min-seok.

Chung served as vice governor of the eastern province for economic affairs for three years from 2017 after working as policy situation and protocol secretary to President Roh Moo-hyun in the early 2000s.

He earlier worked as a reporter at the Korea Economic Daily, a Seoul-based newspaper, from 1984 till 2001.

He replaces Yoon Do-han, who tendered his resignation last week along with Moon's Chief of Staff Noh Young-min and four other senior secretaries amid public anger over the government's failure to stabilize the housing market.

Moon plans to formally appoint the two new secretaries Thursday.

Asked during a press briefing if Noh will maintain his job, a Cheong Wa Dae official reiterated, "It's hard to answer (the question) as it's a matter related to the president's personnel affairs rights."

The nominee for new social policy secretary is a longtime civil servant, having worked as a minister at South Korea's Embassy in Malaysia.

Earlier this week, Moon replaced his senior secretaries for political affairs and civil affairs as well as civic and social affairs.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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