South Korea parliament backs Park's third attempt to replace PM

February 16, 2015 9:08 AM

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South Korea parliament backs Park's third attempt to replace PM

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's parliament narrowly approved President Park Geun-hye's nominee for prime minister on Monday, more than eight months after she first tried to replace the incumbent, with two others pulling out amid controversy over personal issues.

Park's conservative Saenuri Party used its parliamentary majority to confirm Lee Wan-koo, 64, despite opposition parties' objection that he was the wrong person for the job and threats to block the government's economic stimulus bills.

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