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Ex-premier Goh Kun designated as Roh's premier.

SEOUL, Jan. 20 Kyodo

Goh Kun, the former two-term Seoul metropolitan city mayor, has been provisionally tapped as prime minister of the incoming government, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday.

President-elect Roh Moo Hyun's remarks on the desirable lineup of ''reform-oriented president, stability-oriented prime minister'' at a TV forum Saturday apparently indicates he has an intention to appoint technocrat Goh as his prime minister, Yonhap quoted an official at the presidential transition committee as saying.

It said Goh's appointment is expected to be notified to the opposition Grand National Party (GNP) on Tuesday to seek its cooperation in passing his confirmation bill through the National Assembly.

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported on its web site that Roh's choice of Goh as prime minister for the next administration has been conveyed to Goh and the two have set up a meeting.

Goh became the most promising candidate for the top administrative post after Roh considered such others as Ajou University President Oh Myung and ex-Finance and Economy Minister Jin Nyum, and Kwon O Kie, chairman of 21st-century Foundation for Peace, Yonhap quoted the presidential transition committee official as saying.

Goh, who worked as prime minister in 1997-1998 during the Kim Young Sam administration before regaining the Seoul mayorship he was forced out of a decade earlier, is regarded as a ''master of administration'' after having served for three decades as a technocrat.
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