SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in on Thursday nominated a ruling party lawmaker as the new agriculture minister, a post that has been vacant for more than four months.
Lee Gae-ho of the ruling Democratic Party has been tapped the new minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.
Lee, if appointed, will replace Kim Yung-rok, who resigned in mid-March to run in the June 13 local elections. Kim was elected the governor of South Jeolla Province.
Lee is currently serving his second term as a lawmaker, and is a member of the parliamentary committee on agriculture, food and rural affairs.
The 60-year-old was born in Damyang, South Jeolla Province. He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Chonnam National University.
The nominee must go through a parliamentary confirmation hearing before he can be appointed.
Source: Yonhap News Agency