WORLD : S. Korea Leader Reshuffles Cabinet
President Roh Tae Woo sacked six ministers and the country’s intelligence chief today in a major cabinet reshuffle, but failed to placate critics demanding full democracy.
Roh, harassed by mounting political dissent and widespread industrial unrest, kept many key members of his 22-person cabinet, including Prime Minister Kang Young Hoon, Foreign Minister Choi Ho Joong and key economic planners.
Critics of the government immediately complained that the reshuffle, which included the ouster of Home Minister Lee Han Dong who is under fire as the civilian leader of 140,000 police, did not go far enough to overcome problems facing this rapidly industrializing country.
“Roh should have dismissed the whole cabinet, including the prime minister,” a spokesman for the main opposition party told reporters.