President-elect Park Geun-hye’s transition team could be launched within this week with the personnel line-up taking shape, sources said Wednesday.
“The list of the remaining members of the committee will be released within the next two to three days at the latest,” said Yoon Chang-jung, spokesman for the transition team.
On Wednesday, Park remained at her residence in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, going over her choices for the team that will be in charge of designing the new government’s organization and policy priorities.
The president-elect has a busy schedule ahead as any changes to the government organizations must be approved by the National Assembly by the end of this month, while her prime minister must undergo a hearing by Feb. 10 and other members of the Cabinet by Feb. 20. The inauguration of her administration is slated for Feb. 25.
Her personnel decisions were seen to suffer a setback following controversies of some of her earlier choices, including senior spokesman Yoon Chang-jung and two members of the special committee on youth. Yoon is accused of being unfit for the job due to his heavily partisan comments as a commentator, while the other two have been involved in irregularities in the past.
Park, however, saw a smoother start as far as her policy plans go, with the passage of various budgets on Jan. 1 allocated for her welfare projects including free child care for kids aged 5 and under, college tuition subsidies, a salary increase for soldiers, and support for heavily indebted homeowners.
Once the transition team is mobilized, it could open a consultative channel with the Saenuri Party leadership for cooperation ahead of the official government launch, the party sources said.
Park plans to revive the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry and install the Future Creative Science Ministry. Her intention to detach the transition committee members from those to join the first Cabinet is expected to cost the president-elect more time in filling up the new administration.
By Lee Joo-hee (firstname.lastname@example.org