14 October 2019
President Moon Jae-in appointed Cho Kuk as Justice Minister on 9 September to lead the reform of the country’s prosecutors’ office.
Since his appointment there have been street protests against him, due to investigations into his family’s financial investments and the university admissions of his children.
Cho Kuk resigned on Monday saying a graft scandal spinning around his family had become a political burden for President Moon Jae-in’s government.
The controversy over Cho, as well as public discontent over a sluggish economy and stalled diplomatic efforts with North Korea, have pushed Moon’s approval ratings down to 41.4 percent, , the lowest level since he became president in 2017.
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