South Korea to Host Third Summit for Democracy in MarchPresident Yoon Suk Yeol Names Park Sung-jae as New Justice Minister

SEOUL - South Korea is set to host the third annual Summit for Democracy from March 18 to 20, focusing on the theme "Democracy for Future Generations," as announced by the presidential office on Tuesday. Initiated in 2021, the summit is a U.S.-led effort aimed at bolstering democratic governance and countering global authoritarian trends.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the summit will conduct its plenary session with international leaders through a virtual meeting on the evening of March 20. The agenda includes ministerial meetings and an expert roundtable on the first day, followed by workshops and debates facilitated by civic groups from around the world on the second day. South Korea's role as one of the five co-hosts of the previous year's summit, alongside the United States, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, and Zambia, underscores its commitment to advancing democratic values internationally.

SEOUL — President Yoon Suk Yeol appointed Park Sung-jae as the new justice minister on Tuesday, filling the position left vacant by the resignation of Han Dong-hoon in December. The appointment was confirmed following the National Assembly's adoption of a report on Park's confirmation hearing.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Before stepping into his new role, Park Sung-jae served in the legal sector as a senior prosecutor and later as a lawyer. His prosecutorial tenure included a significant stint as the chief of the Seoul High Prosecutors Office. Park's appointment comes at a time when the ministry is navigating through a series of reforms and challenges within the justice system and the broader legal landscape of South Korea.

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