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President Moon appoints Yoon Seok-yeol as Prosecutor-General,... rival political parties clash over appointment Updated: 2019-07-16 16:26:01 KST

Despite strong objections from the opposition parties, President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday appointed reform-minded prosecutor Yoon Seok-yeol as the head of South Korea's prosecution.
The presidential office announced that his two-year tenure will begin on July 25th, a day after the outgoing Prosecutor General Moon Moo-il's term ends.

Yoon had served since 2017 as the chief of Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office, the largest prosecution office in the country, and according to the top office he worked to eradicate corruption.

He is also known for playing a key role in probing the wrongdoings of the previous two conservative administrations, including the massive power abuse scandal involving former President Park Geun-hye and her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil.
He also led a probe into suspicions that the country's intelligence service intervened in the 2012 presidential election.

Picking Yoon to lead the prosecution is seen as reflecting the president's strong determination to reform the organization also one of the president's key campaign pledges during the 2017 election.

Still, the appointment has prompted a heated clash.
Yoon's confirmation hearing report was blocked by the main opposition, who claimed Yoon was unfit for the job and that he had delivered false testimony during his confirmation hearing.
Already, the main opposition Liberty Korea Party and the minor Bareunmirae Party have criticized his appointment, saying it's a sign of the president ignoring the Korean people and the parliament.

The ruling Democratic Party of Korea, through a readout, has called on the opposition to stop holding back the reform process -- while the Justice Party and the center-left Party for Democracy and Peace have agreed that Yoon's appointment is in line with the reform drive.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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