President Park Geun Hye Struggles To Find Prime Minister
kpride, May 11, 2015, 9:55 a.m.
President Park Geun-hye once again appears to be having a tough time finding a new prime minister two weeks after her latest appointment resigned in disgrace. Lee Wan-koo officially ended his 70-day tenure as PM on April 20 after being embroiled in a bribery scandal.
A Cheong Wa Dae official said Sunday, "We have a long list of potential candidates we gathered when we searched a successor to former prime minister Chung Hong-won last year." The comment suggests Park is not starting from scratch.
Chung resigned over the government's handling of the ferry disaster last year but Park asked him to stay on because she could not find a successor. Now the president is apparently even more wary choosing yet another candidate who could go down in a blaze of infamy.
One close aide to the president said, "The moral standards that a prime minister must adhere to have become extremely high following the failed appointments of Ahn Dai-hee and Moon Chang-keuk."
Ahn bowed out after it was revealed that he had received massive lawyer's fees over a very short time since he retired as Supreme Court justice. And Moon, a former editorial writer at a major newspaper, had to withdraw after reports that he told a lecture that the Japanese occupation of Korea had been "God's will." It remains to be seen whether Park can end the string of disasters.