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Health Minister Quits in Bribery Scandal

November 14, 1996|From Times Wire Reports

South Korea's health minister resigned in the second bribery scandal to rock the Cabinet and embarrass President Kim Young Sam in less than a month. Lee Sung Ho quit amid reports in the state media that his wife had accepted a $193,000 payment from a trade association. Kim appointed Sohn Hak Kyu, a member of parliament for the ruling New Korea Party, as his new health chief. Last month Kim fired his defense minister, Lee Yang Ho, who was formally charged Monday with accepting bribes and leaking state secrets. The scandals are a double blow to Kim, who has staked his reputation as an anti-corruption campaigner.

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