South Korean Prime Minister Resigns Over Ferry Disaster
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation after a bungled government response to a ferry disaster.
The Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the traditional holiday island of Jeju on April 16.
More than 300 people, most of them students and teachers on a field trip from the Danwon High School on the outskirts of Seoul, have died or are missing and presumed dead.
The children on board the Sewol were told to stay put in their cabins, where they waited for further orders. The confirmed death toll on Sunday was 187…
“Keeping my post is too great a burden on the administration,” a somber Chung said in a brief announcement. “…On behalf of the government, I apologize for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster.
“There are too many irregularities and malpractices in parts of society that have been with us too long and I hope those are corrected so that accidents like this will not happen again.”