S. Korean PM Plans to Quit by End of Dec.: LDP Member

Politics

Tokyo, Dec. 11 (Jiji Press)--South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon plans to resign by the end of this month, a member of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party said Wednesday.

Takeo Kawamura, former chief cabinet secretary and current secretary-general of the nonpartisan Japan-South Korea Parliamentarians' League, said in a lecture in Tokyo that he learned about the plan during telephone talks with Lee about a week ago.

"Although this has yet to be announced, Lee told me directly on the phone that he will resign as prime minister within this month," Kawamura said.

Kawamura offered the view that behind Lee's move is the upcoming presidential election, set for March 2022.

"While mentioning the election, Lee said it is about time to begin preparations," Kawamura noted.

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