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Nat'l Assembly to hold PM nominee's confirmation hearing next week

Politics 15:43 April 30, 2021

SEOUL, April 30 (Yonhap) -- The National Assembly on Friday decided to hold a confirmation hearing for Kim Boo-kyum, the former interior minister nominated to become South Korea's prime minister, next week.

The parliamentary special committee on Kim's hearing passed a plan to hold a two-day confirmation hearing from May 6. It also decided to request the submission of 729 documents and ask 25 people to testify at the hearing.

Among those invited were Chin Jung-kwon, former professor at Dongyang University, and Kim Kyung-yul, former head of the Center for Economic and Financial Justice at the People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy. Both are outspoken critics of the current administration under President Moon Jae-in.

Lee Jong-pil, former vice president of scandal-ridden company Lime Asset Management, and a representative of a victims' group in a financial fraud scandal involving the company were also chosen as witnesses.

The main opposition People Power Party has raised allegations that Kim's daughter was involved in the so-called Lime fund scam.

Lime Asset, founded in 2012, has been under probe over selling and running fraudulent financial products and subsequent suspension of fund redemption worth an estimated 1.6 trillion won (US$1.44 billion).

Kim Boo-kyum (R), the nominee for prime minister, answers reporters' questions upon arriving at his temporary office in Seoul on April 30, 2021. (Yonhap)


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