South Korea President Moon Jae-In speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Photo: AFP/Jung Yeon-Je

South Korean President Moon Jae-in named Air Force Gen. Jeong Kyeong-doo as chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff in a major reshuffle aimed at breaking the army’s decades-long hold on the military, Korea JoongAng Daily reported.

Moon’s reshuffle of the country’s top brass was approved at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday. The newspaper says Moon replaced seven of the military’s eight four-star generals.

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