Moon Jae-in sacks economic policy chiefs, replaces with insiders
Updated 12:34, 12-Nov-2018
President of the Republic of Korea (ROK) Moon Jae-in has fired both his top economic policymakers and replaced them with people already in the government, his office said on Friday, a move widely seen as intended to reinforce his policies.
Moon has replaced Presidential Chief of Staff for Policy Jang Ha-sung and Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon, the two most senior policymakers in charge of running Asia's fourth-largest economy, the presidential office announced.
It was a bigger reshuffle than expected, but the appointment of their successors from within the government indicated Moon would reinforce his economic policies, which had been criticized by some economists as being hurting growth.
Presidential social policy aide Kim Soo-hyun will succeed Jang and veteran bureaucrat Hong Nam-ki, currently head of the government policy coordination office, will be the new finance minister, the presidential office said.
The incoming chief presidential policy aide has been behind harsh regulatory measures aimed at curbing housing prices, which many analysts have said were against market principles.
The incoming finance minister has served at various government departments such as the finance ministry and the presidential office. He is still required to appear at a parliamentary verification hearing although approval there is not mandatory.
The high-profile appointments came amid criticism that Moon's signature policies such as big minimum wage increases and a shorter work week had backfired, with lower income earners - the intended beneficiaries - feeling the most pain as employers cut back hiring.
The outgoing finance minister, who has served since June last year as Moon's first top economic policy planner, has repeatedly clashed with Jang by calling for some adjustment of the president's 'income-led growth' strategy.
Source(s): Reuters