President Park says there should be a new deputy prime minister in charge of policy-making on non-economic issues, related to education, social and cultural affairs.
At a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, the president said the current deputy and finance minister will continue to look after economic policies, ( CG ) while the head of the national security office handles Korea's foreign, defense and security issues.
( CG ) She then said the new deputy should be given the task of overseeing the remaining issues, mainly related to education, society and culture, something she says is needed to increase efficiency and responsibility in policy-making.
Meanwhile, the education minister is expected to take on the role of the new deputy.
Officials at the presidential office say the troika system, with the prime minister in charge of law and order, public sector reforms and public safety, alongside two deputies, reflects the president transferring more responsibilities to the executive branch.
The top office added that the Ministry of Security and Public Administration, which came under fire for its lax response to the recent ferry accident, will be renamed and its safety and personnel management roles removed.
( CG ) The ministry, however, will retain its tasks of managing government structure and other administrative affairs.
( CG ) Its current safety management responsibility will be transferred to the new safety ministry and personnel management to the new personnel ministry, both under the Prime Minister's Office.
The presidential office is expected to unveil a more detailed government restructuring plan on Wednesday, which it hopes passes parliament, as soon as possible.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.