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Constitutional Court decides to retain acting chief

2017/09/18 18:09

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SEOUL, Sept. 18 (Yonhap) -- The Constitutional Court decided on Monday to retain Kim Yi-su as acting president after the National Assembly recently refused to confirm his nomination as its new chief justice.

The decision was unanimously reached at a full-bench meeting, the court said in a statement. Kim has been acting chief since March 13.

President Moon Jae-in nominated him as the next chief justice in May. The National Assembly voted down the confirmation motion last Monday, amid controversy over his political views.

Opposition parties took issue with his 1980 ruling against a pro-democracy activist and his minority opinion on the 2014 disbandment of a far-left party accused of pro-North Korean activities.

Constitutional Court Acting Chief Justice and nominee for the post Kim Yi-su walks into the court building on Sept. 18, 2017. (Yonhap)  Constitutional Court Acting Chief Justice and nominee for the post Kim Yi-su walks into the court building on Sept. 18, 2017. (Yonhap)

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