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S. Korea names head of audit agency as new PM
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2010-09-16 17:21

Kim Hwang-sik, chairman of South Korea's Board of Audit and Inspection, speaks to the media in Seoul Sept. 16, 2010. Kim was nominated on Thursday by President Lee Myung-bak as the country's new prime minister. (Xinhua/Park Jin-hee)

South Korea tabbed the head of a state audit agency as the new prime minister, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday.

"I feel enormous responsibility," Kim Hwang-sik, chairman of the Board of Audit and Inspection, said during a press conference held at the audit agency. "If I get the official nomination, I will do my best to aid the president and help build a prosperous nation and a fair society by tapping into 38 years of my experience in public service."

If approved by parliament, the 62-year-old will replace Chung Un-chan, who resigned in August over failing to get parliamentary support for a government relocation project.

Kim, whose moral probity is widely respected, is thought to be well-qualified for the top Cabinet job, Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

He served as a Supreme Court justice from 2005-2008 and has led the audit agency since 2008.

The nomination comes after the government's previous pick for the prime minister, Kim Tae-ho, failed to earn parliamentary approval for his nomination due to lingering doubts over his involvement in a bribery scandal.

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