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(LEAD) (Profile) Park's trusted confident named new culture minister

2016/08/16 14:39

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SEOUL, Aug. 16 (Yonhap) -- Cho Yoon-sun who was nominated to become the new culture minister on Tuesday is a trusted confident of President Park Geun-hye and could help the chief executive push forward key agendas towards the end of her term in office.

She served as minister of gender equality and family in the first Cabinet under the current government from 2013 to 2014 and later became the country's first female chief presidential secretary for political affairs.

The lawyer-turned-politician had aided the president since 2012 as a spokesperson for the then Saenuri Party's presidential candidate.

But there also were tough years in her successful career.

Eleven months after becoming Park's chief aide for political affairs, Cho had to quit due to the slow progress in the government-led reforms for the state employee pension system.

In April, she joined the ruling Saenuri Party's nomination race to pick candidates for the 20th general election but was sidestepped by her rival Lee Hye-hoon.

Despite the setbacks, many expected that Cho would be appointed to a key government post thanks to her fresh image.

She began her political career in 2002 as a spokesperson for the presidential election camp for Lee Choi-chang, then candidate for the Grand National Party, a precursor to the ruling Saenuri Party. In 2008, she was first elected to the National Assembly as a proportional representation lawmaker.

Cho graduated from Seoul National University, majoring in diplomatic science, and studied at Columbia University Law School and worked as a lawyer for South Korea's largest law firm, "Kim & Chang." She also served as a vice president of Citibank Korea in charge of law affairs.

Although she is an attorney, Cho is known to be well versed in music, fine arts and other cultural fields with enough expertise to contribute columns about opera and films to a local magazine specializing in performing arts. She has authored two books on culture.

This undated file photo shows Cho Yoon-sun, the nominee for the minister of culture, sports and tourism. (Yonhap) This undated file photo shows Cho Yoon-sun, the nominee for the minister of culture, sports and tourism. (Yonhap)

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