President Moon Jae-in has nominated Constitutional Court scholar Kim Jin-wook as the head of the country's new high-profile anti-corruption agency.
He was among two candidates recommended by a committee to lead the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials.
Here's South Korea's presidential spokesperson.
"President Moon said that the recommendation came after long discussions at the National Assembly, calling for parliamentary cooperation to smoothly hold the hearing as stipulated by law so that the anti-corruption agency can launch swiftly."
The top office cited Kim's extensive legal experience and ability.
It added that it expects Kim to maintain the agency's political neutrality and carry out investigations in a way that it respects human rights.
Kim will undergo a confirmation hearing at the National Assembly.