Park-science minister

SEOUL, March 14 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye named a top communications technology expert for science minister, the presidential spokesman said Thursday, after an earlier nominee resigned amid a parliamentary impasse over her government reorganization proposal.

Professor Choi Mun-kee of top science university KAIST was named to head the ministry of future creation and science, presidential spokesman Yoon Chang-jung said. The ministry will be newly established under Park's government reorganization plan.

The nomination came after an earlier nominee, Kim Jeong-hoon, withdrew earlier this month, saying the political impasse shattered "(my) dream of giving my all to my homeland." The 52-year-old tech entrepreneur had also been plagued by questions about whether he was fit for the job after having spent nearly four decades as a U.S. citizen.

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