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South Korea's Moon appoints aide as justice minister amid backlash

Cho Kuk is under fire over a litany of allegations of influence peddling

Justice Minister nominee Cho Kuk attends a hearing at the national assembly in Seoul last week.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday formally appointed Cho Kuk, a close aide, as justice minister, in a move that risks a public and political backlash because of misconduct allegations against the president's old acquaintance.

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