SEOL: South Korea’s newly appointed Justice Minister Cho Kuk, mired in a corruption allegations involving his family, has announced that he is stepping down, after little more than a month in the job.
In a statement published on Monday, Cho said his role for justice reform in the country had “come to an end.”
“I felt apologetic to the people regarding ongoing probes over my family, but put in my best each day as justice minister to reform the prosecution,” he said.
“Now I hope to put everything down and take care of my family, who are going through the toughest and most painful time of their lives.”
Cho was appointed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on September 9 to lead the reform of the country’s prosecutors’ office.
His appointment, amid a prosecution investigation into his family’s financial investments and his children’s’ university admission, had fuelled protests in recent weeks.
Yonhap news agency reported that Cho’s wife and two children had been questioned by prosecutors several times.
On Friday, Yonhap said a “court procedure” involving Cho’s wife, a university professor with the family name Chung, was scheduled to start.