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Yoon appoints Han as prime minister after parliamentary confirmation

Politics 10:34 May 21, 2022

SEOUL, May 21 (Yonhap) -- President Yoon Suk-yeol officially appointed Prime Minister Han Duck-soo on Saturday after an opposition-controlled National Assembly confirmed him the previous day following nearly 50 days of partisan wrangling over his suitability.

Yoon plans to confer an appointment certificate on Han in the morning at the presidential office in Seoul, his office said in a release.

Han took the country's No. 2 government post for the second time. The 72-year-old previously served as prime minister during the liberal Roh Moo-hyun administration from 2007 to 2008.

During his confirmation hearing, Han said stabilizing the economy for ordinary people's livelihoods will be his top priority.

His appointment is expected to give much-needed momentum to the fledgling Yoon administration facing a series of tasks, including a recovery from COVID-19 and rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula sparked by continued North Korean provocations.

Prime Minister nominee Han Duck-soo speaks to reporters at his temporary office near the government complex in Seoul on May 20, 2022. He was appointed as prime minister the next day by President Yoon Suk-yeol. (Yonhap)

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