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S. Korea's Lee names new premier, shuffles Cabinet.

SEOUL, Aug. 8 Kyodo

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak chose Kim Tae Ho on Sunday to be prime minister, replacing Chung Un Chan who resigned late last month.

Yonhap News Agency said if confirmed, Kim, 47, will be the first South Korean prime minister under 50 years of age in four decades.

Kim was governor of South Gyeongsang Province from 2004 until earlier this year.

Lee, in an apparent move to shore up his administration after the ruling Grand National Party fared poorly in local and regional elections in June, also replaced several ministers and two Cabinet-level officials, Yonhap said.

''The Cabinet shake-up this time is aimed at solidifying the keynote of moderate pragmatism-oriented policy based on communication and integrity, accepting the demand for reform of the party, the government and Cheong Wa Dae (presidential office) shown in the June 2 local election and July 28 by-elections,'' Hong Sang Pyo, senior secretary for public relations at the presidential office, was quoted by Yonhap as telling reporters.

The president named Lee Jae Oh, one of his closest aides, minister for special affairs to deal with political affairs and relations with North Korea.

Lee Ju Ho, the vice education minister, was named education minister, while Shin Jae Min, vice culture minister, and Lee Jae Hoon, vice knowledge minister, were promoted to head their respective ministries.

Yoo Jeong Bok is new agriculture minister and Chin Soo Hee health and welfare minister.

Kim's nomination as premier must be confirmed by the National Assembly.
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