President Moon Jae-in addressed the nation on Friday and named his choice for Chief of the Constitutional Court.
President Moon nominated Km Yi-su to head the Constitutional Court, who is already serving as acting chief of the court since March.
"The nominee for the Chief Justice position, Kim Yi-su, not only has displayed a firm will of protecting the Constitution and human rights, but also has worked to keep those in power in check while protecting the socially disadvantage by listening to their voices. Kim is seen as the right person for the position, as he meets the people's expectation by listening to their voices"
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Kim is known for his liberal leanings.
If appointed, the 64-year old judge will succeed officially Park Han-chul who retired in January,amid the court's review on the case of former President Park Geun'hye's impeachment.
Following Park Han-chul's retirement, the post was filled in by acting chief justice Lee Jung-mi, who also retired in March after delivering the verdict on the impeachment case.
The top office also appointed Yoon Seok-youl as new chief of the Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office. Yoon played a key role in the probing of the influence-peddling scandal that led to Park's impeachment.
"The most important pending matter the prosecution needs to handle now is the probe into the influence-peddling scandal as well as maintaining its reputation. I am confidant Yoon is the right person for the job."
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Yoon came to public attention for his forthright attitude towards those in power after he led a special probe into the nation's intelligence agency's meddling of the 2012 presidential election.
The appointment of the president comes shortly after the former chief of the prosecutors' office, Lee Yeong-ryeol, and the high ranking official of the Justice Ministry, Ahn Tae-guen, turned in their resignations over bribery allegations.
"Analyses vary but many say the latest appointments appear to be ways to point the sword at those held responsible for or those who had taken part in the influence peddling scandal,… an unfinished investigation left by the previous administration.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News."