İrem UZUN -TDO-South Korea's newly appointed Justice Minister Cho Kuk, mired in corruption allegations involving his family, has announced that he is stepping down, after little more than a month in the job.Cho was officially appointed by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on September 9 to lead the reform of the country’s prosecutors’ office.
Tens of thousands of conservative and anti-government demonstrators took to the streets to call for Cho to resign and for the president to be impeached. Supporters of Moon's liberal Minjoo Party and Cho have also held rallies, claiming the investigation is aimed at intimidating Cho, who has pushed for reforms that include curbing the power of prosecutors. They occupied the streets in front of the Seoul prosecutor's office for the fourth-straight weekend on Saturday.
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".