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Moon again reshuffles his lineup of key secretaries

Aug 24,2019
President Moon Jae-in on Friday appointed five new secretaries in the latest reshuffle to his lineup of key aides.

Moon is seeking fresh momentum in his presidency as he nears the halfway point of his five-year tenure. Many of his aides are also preparing to run in next spring’s general elections.

He named Shin Jee-yeon, a presidential secretary, his “personal secretary.” Shin, formerly an international lawyer, has worked as the secretary of first lady Kim Jung-sook. She’s now tasked with handling affairs directly associated with the president, replacing Cho Han-ki. Kim Kwang-jin, a former lawmaker, has been tapped as secretary for political affairs, as Bok Ki-wang, who was the Asan mayor, is leaving the post.

Two staffers at the offices of local autonomy and civil affairs, respectively, have been promoted to assume related secretarial work. Jung Dong-il, professor of business administration at Sookmyung Women’s University, has been chosen as the new secretary for social policy. On Aug. 9, Moon carried out his first cabinet shake-up in five months, which affected 10 minister-level positions. Late last month, he replaced three presidential secretaries.