South Korea’s prime minister, has been replaced, along with seven ministers, in the biggest cabinet reshuffle since president Lee Myung-bak took office in 2008.
Kim Tae-ho (left in the picture, from bbcimg.co.uk), his nominee to be prime minister, was once a provincial governor.
Chung Un-chan stepped down as prime minister after parliament rejected the government’s plans for a new city.
And two weeks before the reshuffle, Lee’s Grand National Party won parliamentary by-elections seen as a referendum on the president.
Last June, the ruling party suffered a major defeat in local elections.
Presidential spokesman Hong Sang-pyo said Sunday’s shake-up was “aimed at solidifying the keynote of moderate pragmatism-oriented policy based on communication and integrity”.
In addition to nominating Kim for the largely-ceremonial premiership, the president also named new ministers of education, culture, agriculture, health, labour, the knowledge economy and special affairs.
The key ministers of foreign affairs, defence and unification were not affected.
If parliament confirms his appointment, Kim, the 47-year-old former governor of South Gyeongsang province, will be South Korea’s youngest prime minister for almost 40 years.