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How South Korea's Moon got the justice minister he wanted

Support from civic groups lets president weather storm over Cho's appointment

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, poses with his new justice minister, Cho Kuk, in Seoul on Sept. 9. (Yonhap/Kyodo)

TOKYO -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has rammed through the appointment of his scandal-tainted aide Cho Guk as justice minister despite criticism from the opposition and the public.

Moon pushed ahead with the decision, helped by the silence of South Korea's powerful civil society groups, betting that a pledge to reform the judicial system will restore his flagging popularity.

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