South Korean Lawmakers Approve New Premier Despite Questions

February 16, 2015 7:34 AM

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South Korea's ruling party-controlled legislature on Monday approved President Park Geun-hye's choice for prime minister following fierce political wrangling over whether he's fit for the country's No. 2 job.

The unicameral National Assembly approved the appointment of Lee Wan Koo in a 148-128 vote Monday. Five lawmakers abstained, according to parliamentary officials.

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