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Park's Latest Premier Nominee Withdraws Candidacy in South Korea

Monday, 23 Jun 2014 11:00 PM

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s latest nominee for prime minister withdrew from consideration after a backlash over a speech he made saying Korea was meant to suffer its brutal occupation by Japan.

Moon Chang-Keuk’s withdrawal today exacerbates troubles for Park, who has struggled to name a new premier to lead a government overhaul after the April 16 Sewol ferry sinking. In May, her first pick withdrew amid graft allegations by opposition parties that he publicly denied.

Moon, a former journalist, has been under pressure to withdraw since public broadcaster KBS earlier this month showed footage of him calling Japan’s 35-year occupation of Korea God’s plan.

In another instance, he said that Japan need not apologize to Korean women forced to serve in Japanese military brothels before and during the war. He publicly apologized for the remarks on June 15.

Park on June 13 carried out her first cabinet shakeup since taking office after the ferry sinking sapped confidence in her government and threatened to slow economic growth.

More than 300 people were killed in the sinking, mostly high school students, in the country’s worst maritime disaster since 1970. Park’s approval rating fell to the lowest in more than a year in the wake of the sinking.

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South Korean President Park Geun-Hye’s latest nominee for prime minister withdrew from consideration after a backlash over a speech he made saying Korea was meant to suffer its brutal occupation by Japan.
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