#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 27 – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned amid criticism of the government’s handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry.
He said the “cries of the families of those missing still keep me up at night”. Mr Chung will stay in his post until the disaster is under control.
The Sewol ferry with 476 people aboard – most of them students and teachers – sank off South Korea on 16 April.
Officials have confirmed 187 died, but scores are missing presumed drowned.
On behalf of the government, I apologise for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster”
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said that furious relatives have repeatedly criticised what they see as the slowness of the recovery operation.
“The right thing for me to do is to take responsibility and resign as a person who is in charge of the cabinet,” Mr Chung said in a brief televised statement.
“On behalf of the government, I apologise for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster.”
He added: “There have been so many varieties of irregularities that have continued in every corner of our society and practices that have gone wrong. I hope these deep-rooted evils get corrected this time and this kind of accident never happens again.”
President Park Geun-hye accepted her prime minister’s resignation but did not set a last day in office. The PM would leave his post once the ferry disaster was under control, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.
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