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Justice minister nominee Ahn Kyong-whan resigns from nomination Updated: 2017-06-17 08:49:42 KST


The nation's justice minister candidate Ahn Kyong-whan has resigned from his nomination Friday evening.
The decision came soon after the presidential office announced that if a critical flaw is found in his credentials, then it could drop Ahn's nomination.
In his statement, Ahn said he stepped down from the nomination, in order to not hinder the Moon administration's prosecutorial reform agenda.
For the past few days since he was nominated for justice minister, Korea's opposition parties were demanding Ahn's voluntary resignation and apology, as his previously-published books contain many derogatory comments on women,
Another major issue was that some 40 years ago, Ahn registered a marriage license without his partner's consent by forging her seal, eventually leading to nullification of the marriage certificate a year later.
The former justice minister nominee said he was blinded by selfishness back then, and has regretted the incident ever since.
Meanwhile, foreign minister candidate Kang Kyung-wha is also facing uncertainties in her nomination.
Opposition lawmakers have objected to Kang's nomination over a number of allegations, including the registration of a false address for her daughter, as well as tax evasion.
However, President Moon Jae-in hinted on Thursday that if the parliament doesn't meet the new deadline to issue a report on Kang's confirmation hearing, he will appoint her,a renowned career-diplomat, as the next foreign minister,. whether the opposition parties approve her appointment OR NOT.

Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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