8/9/2010

In a shake-up to his Cabinet, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak appointed Kim Tae-ho to become prime minister -- the youngest in the country's history. Though the position is largely ceremonial, Kim's meteoric rise may enable him to parlay the post into a launching ground for the presidency. South Korea's foreign, defense and economic ministers were among the Cabinet members to retain their positions in the shake-up -- one that Lee has hinted at since his Grand National Party suffered election setbacks in June. In retaining his foreign and defense ministers, Lee has signaled that there will be no change to the country's tough stance against North Korea -- the dominant issue in South Korean foreign policy.

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