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SEWOL DISASTER: South Korean PM offers to resign over ferry sinking

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won (Yoon Byung-chan/The Korea Herald)

Publication Date : 27-04-2014

 

“I felt the only way to apologise is to take responsibility (for the incident) and step down”

 

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won on Sunday offered to resign from his post to take responsibility for the sinking of the Sewol ferry.

“I express my deepest condolences to those who lost their lives, and my deepest apologies to the families of the deceased,” Chung said in an emergency briefing in Seoul. “I felt the only way to apologise is to take responsibility (for the incident) and step down.”

He said although he tried to resign sooner, he felt the priority was to sort out the chaos that followed the accident.

Chung declined to comment on whether the rest of the Cabinet would also offer to resign.

President Park Geun-hye' office said she will decide whether to accept the resignation after thorough consideration.

An official from Chung’s office said the prime minister’s announcement came suddenly, and that the office only found out about his intentions this morning.

As of publication, 187 bodies have been recovered while 115 remain missing. Only 174 people survived, including 22 of the 29 crew members.

 

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