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Lesson from Cho Kuk case

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Time to end division, seek national harmony

The brouhaha over new Justice Minister Cho Kuk will end soon as he announced his resignation Monday. The announcement came 35 days after President Moon Jae-in named Cho to lead the Ministry of Justice despite corruption allegations surrounding him and his family.

Moon should not have pressed ahead with Cho's appointment because more than 50 percent of Koreans were against it. More than anything else, Cho's hypocritical behavior contradicted Moon's much-avowed promise to usher in a fair and just society with everyone enjoying equal opportunities.

The Cho family has been dogged by allegations about admissions fraud, dubious investments in a private equity fund and operating a school foundation in an improper way. A criminal trial of his wife Chung Kyung-sim, a Dongyang........

© The Korea Times