South Korea President Park Geun Hye names ex-top judge to replace prime minister

South Korean President Park Geun Hye speaks to a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea on May 14, 2014, to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences. Ms Park named on Thursday, May 22, 2014, a former supreme court justice as prime m
South Korean President Park Geun Hye speaks to a ceremony in Seoul, South Korea on May 14, 2014, to mark the 60th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences. Ms Park named on Thursday, May 22, 2014, a former supreme court justice as prime minister to replace an incumbent who resigned over the government's inadequate response to the April 16 ferry disaster that killed more than 300 passengers. -- PHOTO: EPA

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korean President Park Geun Hye named on Thursday a former supreme court justice as prime minister to replace an incumbent who resigned over the government's inadequate response to the April 16 ferry disaster that killed more than 300 passengers.

Ahn Dai Hee will be mandated to oversee the reform of government bureaucracy, Park's spokesman Min Kyung Wook said.

Park also accepted the resignation of the director of the National Intelligence Service and the presidential Blue House chief secretary for national security, Min said.