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New South Korean leader names PM
Han Seung-soo (file image)
Mr Han is a veteran politician who has headed several ministries
South Korea's incoming president has made his first Cabinet appointment, nominating a senior United Nations envoy to be his prime minister.

President-elect Lee Myung-bak proposed Han Seung-soo for the country's second-highest job.

Mr Han, 72, is a career diplomat and lawmaker currently serving as a UN special envoy on climate change.

He served as foreign minister from 2001-2002 and has also held both the finance and commerce portfolios.

Mr Lee made the announcement in a televised news conference.

"Han is best qualified to achieve our goal of reinvigorating the economy and also for trade and energy diplomacy," he told journalists.

Parliament will vote on his nomination on 26 February, one day after the new president takes office.

Mr Lee won a landslide victory in general elections in December, returning the conservative Grand National Party to power for the first time in a decade.

More announcements on his Cabinet line-up are expected in the next few days.

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