President’s Choice for South Korea Premier Steps Aside

May 28, 2014 12:52 PM

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SEOUL, South Korea — A former justice handpicked to be South Korea’s new prime minister stepped aside on Wednesday dealing a blow to President Park Geun-hye’s efforts to regroup her government in the wake of a fatal ferry disaster.

Ahn Dae-hee, a former Supreme Court justice whose confirmation hearing had been scheduled for early June in the National Assembly, was appointed by Ms. Park last Thursday to replace the departing prime minister, Chung Hong-won.

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