A law professor undergoing legal prosecution was appointed justice minister in South Korea on September 9th despite an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct by his wife, AFP has reported.
The justice minister, Cho Kuk, was appointed by South Korean president Moon Jae-in and will start his duties as of today. Last week, Chuk’s wife, professor Chung Kyung-sim, was indicted for allegedly forging a college award for their daughter.
President Moon admitted in a televised statement on September 9th that there was now a "sharp division" between critics and supporters of Cho, adding he had "agonised" over the decision. "I thought it was more important to follow principles and consistency," he said.
South Korea has a single five-year presidential term and Moon's presidency ends in 2022. A recent poll showed that Cho is the fourth-favourite presidential hopeful.