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SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- Lee Kyeong-jae, the nominee for the head of the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), is known to be a close ally of President Park Geun-hye, as he has stood by her side throughout his political career.

The former four-term lawmaker has played an advisory role to President Park over some of the key political issues that have swept the country over the past few years.

Serving as a lawmaker in the culture and broadcasting committee in the parliament, he offered counsel to Park over the controversial media bill during the previous Lee Myung-bak administration.

He stood up for Park when the factional dispute within the ruling party -- a constant feud between those on Park's side and others supporting the then President Lee -- had intensified.

He played a vital role in settling down party members in Park's group within the ruling party from internal unrest that arose from Park's decision to step away from the limelight.

In the April election last year, however, he failed to secure a nomination from the Saenuri Party, as the party put a policy focus on nominating and younger members.

The 72-year-old Seoul National University graduate kicked off his career path as a print journalist at the Donga Ilbo in the 1970s.

In 1992, Lee began his political career through being scouted as the special adviser to the former President Kim Yong-sam for public relations. Four years later, he won his first parliamentary seat as a lawmaker representing the western city of Incheon.

He is married with a son and two daughters.

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