South Korean Prime Minister resigns over ferry sinking response

South Korean Prime Minister resigns over ferry sinking response

South Korean Prime Minister resigns over ferry sinking response

Written by Staff Writer

27 Apr, 2014 | 6:56 am

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has announced his resignation amid criticism of government handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry.

The Sewol ferry with 476 people on board – most of them students and teachers – sank off South Korea on 16 April.

Divers have recovered 183 bodies, but scores are missing presumed drowned.

Furious relatives have repeatedly criticised what they see as the slowness of the recovery operation.

“I wanted to resign earlier but handling the situation was the first priority and I thought that it was a responsible act to help before leaving,” a sombre Mr Chung said in a brief announcement.

“But I’ve decided to resign now, not to be any burden on the administration.”

The day after the disaster, Mr Chung was booed and someone threw a water bottle at him when he visited grieving parents.

-BBC

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