Two of President Moon Jae-in's nominees for minister jobs are no longer in the running because of alleged ethical lapses.
It's the first time any of President Moon's nominations have fallen through.
His nominee for science minister, Cho Dong-ho, had been criticized in his confirmation hearing for taking part in a scientific conference organized by a publishing company, OMICS International, widely believed to be fraudulent or even criminal.
The Blue House said the president thought the nominee would not meet the expectations of the people.
President Moon's pick for transport minister, Choi Jeong-ho, voluntarily withdrew his nomination after facing criticism for alleged property speculation.