S.Korean president reshuffles Cabinet

Jan. 2, 2006 at 4:58 AM

SEOUL, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun effected a partial reshuffle of his Cabinet Monday, changing four positions.

Roh's former chief of staff, Kim Woo-sik, 66, becomes deputy prime minister as well as minister of science and technology. Lee Jong-seok, 48, deputy chief of the National Security Council, becomes the minister of unification.

Chung Sye-kyun, 56, interim chairman of the ruling Uri (Our) Party, becomes minister of commerce, industry and energy, and Lee Sang-soo, 60, former legislator of the ruling party, becomes labor minister.

The presidential office said the nomination of a new minister of health and welfare was delayed for the time being, The Korea Times reported.

Another Cabinet reshuffle is expected to follow before Feb. 25, when Roh marks the third anniversary of his inauguration, the presidential office said.

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