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Former Top Judge Is 3rd Choice for Premier

September 10, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

South Korean President Kim Dae Jung nominated former top judge Kim Suk Soo, 50, for prime minister.

The nomination for the largely ceremonial post must be approved by the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which rejected two previous nominees for ethical and other problems.

South Korea has had no prime minister since July, when Lee Han Dong was removed in a Cabinet shake-up. Parliament's rejections have been a setback for the president during the final months of his term, which ends in February.

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