South Korea Justice Chief Offers to Resign After Mass Protests


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(Bloomberg) — South ’s newly appointed justice minister offered to resign amid widening investigations, the ministry said, dealing a blow to President Jae-in.

Cho Kuk was expected to offer to step down Monday, the Justice’s Ministry’s press office said in a statement, just five weeks after Moon decided to go ahead with his appointment over the objections of opposition lawmakers. Cho faced a range of inquiries into issues involving him and his wife, including their children’s university applications and an investment in a private equity fund.

While the decision to appoint close confidante Cho delighted the president’s left-leaning base, many South Koreans opposed the move. Tens of thousands of critics have flooded Seoul’s streets in recent weeks, calling for Cho’s resignation.

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Cho, a former law professor who became a senior presidential secretary for civil affairs, has denied wrongdoing. The probes undermined Cho’s efforts to paint himself as a reformer trying to level the legal playing field for the average citizen.

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