Yun holds three appointments to the office of president

From left, Kim Eun-hye, Lee Kwan-sup and Lim Jong-deuk, new appointees to the Yoon Suk-yeol presidential office, attend a press conference at the presidential office in the Yongsan district of central Seoul, Sunday. [NEWS1]

President Yoon Suk-yeol made three key appointments to the presidency on Sunday as the administration struggles with low approval ratings.

Posts with new blood include those related to public relations and national security, while one new post is being created despite Yoon’s promise to run a lean office.

Lee Kwan-sup, vice president of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and former vice-trade minister, has been appointed as senior presidential secretary for policy planning, a newly established position.

“In terms of the people’s livelihood and policy agenda, he is the most suitable person to lead the Yoon Suk-yeol administration to carry out key national tasks in the form of better communication and understanding between the people, ministries and the presidential office.” It is said in a statement issued by the President’s Office.

Lee previously held various posts in the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy, including Deputy Minister of Energy and Resources and Deputy Minister of Industrial Policy. He later served as CEO of state-run Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power and later resigned in January 2018 in protest at the Moon Jae-in government’s nuclear phase-out initiative.

Lee received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Seoul National University and a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

In a briefing on Sunday afternoon, Kim Dae-ki, the president’s chief of staff, pointed to Lee’s extensive experience as a traditional bureaucrat overseeing industrial and energy resource policies, saying, “He is not only capable of planning and coordinating all aspects of state affairs, but also for his sense of political affairs. .

Kim Eun-hye, a former People Power Party (PPP) lawmaker and spokesperson in President-elect Yun’s transition process, has been appointed as the new senior secretary for press affairs.

She previously worked as a reporter and anchor at local broadcasters MBC and MBN. Kim was presidential spokesman in the Lee Myung-bak administration from 2008 to 2010.

Kim recently ran for Gyeonggi governor in the June 1 local election but lost to Democratic Party (DP) candidate Kim Dong-yeon by 0.15 percentage points. She gave up her seat as an MP representing Bundang District A in Seongnam, Gyeonggi to run in the election.

“We believe he has excellent expertise in public relations and media,” said Kim, the presidential office’s chief of staff. “In particular, she has a very deep understanding of the president’s political philosophy from her time serving as campaign committee public affairs director and spokesperson for the president-elect and was determined to be the right person to communicate well with him. The public and the media.”

He will replace Choi Young-bum, who will take on the role of special adviser on external relations.

Former Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) chief of staff Lim Jong-deuk has been appointed as the new second deputy national security adviser.

He will replace Shin In-ho, who resigned earlier this month due to health reasons.

Lim, a former two-star army general, served as the president’s defense secretary during the Park Geun-hye administration.

“He has held key positions in the Ministry of National Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” Chief of Staff Kim said, and is a “recognized expert in the fields of defense policy and military strategy” who will help the Yun government’s security policies. “To strengthen the seamless defense posture and demonstrate its national crisis management capabilities.”

The appointments come amid low approval ratings for the president, partly due to criticism of poor staffing choices.

“It’s true that I have a lot of fear,” Kim Eun-hye said at a press briefing on Sunday. “I will work hard as a bridge to convey the people’s expectations and desires with a humble attitude and correctly express the political philosophy of President Yoon Suk-yeol.”

Lee Kwan-sup said, “Many people seem to regret the Yoon administration, which was launched with high expectations and hopes from the people.” “I plan to do my best for a government that can achieve national unity while maintaining the fairness and common sense that was put in place at the beginning.”

During his campaign, Yun insisted on reducing the office of the president and eliminating any unnecessary positions after taking office. But the officials of the President’s Office have also expressed concern about the lack of staff to perform the functions of the President’s Office.

With the formation of a senior presidential secretary for policy and planning, the office of the president will be expanded from the current structure of ‘two offices and five secretaries’ to ‘two offices and six secretaries’.

By Sarah Kim [[email protected]]

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