President Park Geun-hye on Thursday appointed four senior secretaries as part of her reshuffle aimed at repairing the image of the government in the aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster.
Park named Minister of Gender Equality Cho Yoon-sun senior secretary for political affairs, Rep. Ahn Chong-bum of the ruling Saenuri Party senior secretary for economic affairs, and former senior prosecutor Kim Young-han senior secretary for civil affairs. Song Gwang-yong, former president of Seoul National University of Education, was named senior secretary in charge of education and culture.
"President Park Geun-hye has named new senior secretaries of political, economic and civil affairs, as well as education and culture, to push ahead with state reform measures and agendas, including the three-year economic innovation plan," said presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook. Top presidential aides are not subject to parliamentary hearings.
Of the four designates, Minister Cho and Rep. Ahn are key aides who supported Park during her presidential campaign. Cho served as spokeswoman for Park's campaign team while Ahn played a crucial role in drafting her campaign pledges.
"Cho has broad experience in the National Assembly, the (Saenuri) party and the government. She is expected to play a crucial role in mediating between the government and the assembly through her delicate sense as a woman and her sociability," Min said.