(2nd LD) PM nominee quits amid controversy over historical views

June 24, 2014 4:10 AM

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(2nd LD) PM nominee quits amid controversy over historical views

SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's prime minister nominee withdrew his name Tuesday amid mounting criticism of his alleged pro-Japanese views, in what is seen as a fresh blow to President Park Geun-hye's efforts to contain the fallout from a deadly ferry sinking.

Moon Chang-keuk's withdrawal comes two weeks after President Park named him to the post in a Cabinet reshuffle aimed at restoring public confidence in her administration, which was battered by its botched handling of the April tragedy that has claimed nearly 300 lives.

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