SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Xinhua) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Sunday named Kim Tae-ho, former governor of South Gyeongsang Province, as new prime minister, in a move to gain fresh momentum for his reform drive. Following is a profile of the prime minister nominee.
Kim was born in 1962 to a cattle farmer's family in Koch'ang-gun, South Gyeongsang Province. He graduated from Seoul National University with a doctor's degree in education.
He has worked as a lecturer at Seoul National University, a researcher at an institute affiliated with Grand National Party, a parliament member of South Gyeongsang Province and chief of Koch'ang-gun.
Kim was elected the 32nd governor of South Gyeongsang Province in 2004.
During his tenure as governor, he actively promoted "South Coast Program" and developed it to a national-level one, which helped secure his reelection in local elections.
Observers described Kim as a capable leader who is creative, honest and tough. He is viewed by the ruling party as a strong candidate for the next presidential election.
If Kim's nomination as prime minister is approved by the National Assembly, he will replace Chung Un-chan, who resigned late last month, and become the country's youngest prime minister in almost 40 years.
Kim told reporters after his nomination that the new cabinet would be committed to enhancing communication with the public and promoting social integration, Yonhap News Agency reported.
"The key agendas of the Lee Myung-bak government are a pro-seomin (ordinary working people) policy, middle-of-the-road pragmatism and economic rehabilitation," he said.
"The most important tasks in helping accomplish such policy agendas are national communication and unity. I'll play a leading role in those efforts," he added.
Kim expressed concerns about the growing sense of loss among the nation's younger generations.
His experience from a son of a poor cattle farmer to a provincial councilor and governor "demonstrated that the Republic of Korea is a land of opportunities," Kim said. "I want to tell the young people that everything can be accomplished if they work hard with courage."