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Park replaces chief of staff
SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye replaced her chief of staff Monday, naming a former three-term lawmaker to the key post, in a surprise decision that appears to show she is trying to start anew after her difficult first six months in office.

   Kim Ki-choon, who served as prosecutor general and justice minister before entering into politics in 1996 and serving three terms as a legislator until 2008, was named to replace Huh Tae-yeol as Park's chief of staff, senior presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun announced.

   Park also named career diplomat and former ambassador to the European Union Park Joon-woo, who is now chief of the foreign ministry's office of planning and coordination, as her new senior political affairs secretary, Lee said.

   Also announced were three other new senior secretaries in charge of civil affairs, employment and welfare affairs, and future strategy.