South Korea Energy Minister Offers Resignation To Presidentadmin
South Korea’s Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy Chung Sye-Kyun offered to resign to President Roh Moo-Hyun Thursday and the presidential office will likely announce his replacement soon, a ministry spokesman said Friday.
“Minister Chung has been saying that he would resign once the national budget for 2007 is approved by the National Assembly and return to his job as a lawmaker,” said Lee Sei-Hyeong, assistant director of the ministry’s Public Information Department.
The National Assembly approved the budget Wednesday.
Lee said that Chung told President Roh Moo-Hyun on Thursday he intended to resign and informed reporters Friday.
Chung is the lawmaker from ruling Uri Party.
Local media say vice ministers Kim Jong-Kap and Lee Won-Gul are possible replacements, as is Vice Minister of Finance and Economy Bahk Byong-Won