"Han Deok Soo's candidacy was approved by 208 votes to 36, 47 days after he was nominated for the presidency by Yoon Seok Yeol," Yonhap News Agency said in a statement.

The post of prime minister is the only one in the republic that requires the approval of parliament.

Earlier, the Champs Elysees appointed new heads of the French Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Defense - the corresponding posts were taken by Catherine Colonna and Sebastien Lecornu.