South Korean Prime Minister Chung Joon-won's resignation due to the loss of the ferry Sewol

27 Апрель, 2014


Outcry: South Korean Prime Minister Chung Joon-Won his bodyguards to protect from water bottles, thrown from an angry crowd due to passengers, dead on ferry Sewol. Photo: Jonhap / Yonhap.

South Korea's Prime Minister filed a statement of resignation amid criticism of Government actions, at the time of the accident on the ferry.

South Korean Prime Minister resigns due to ferry accident "Sevol / Sewol», that took the 187 lives.

Chung Joon-Won's resignation saying, He feels responsible for the bad government's reaction to the tragedy, Yonhap News Agency reports.
«The right thing would be for me to take responsibility and to resign», said Chung.

«I wanted to retire earlier, but the rescue operation was the main priority, and I thought, that it will be a responsible act, to do everything before leaving. But I decided to retire now, to not have any burden on the administration.»

«I extend my apologies for, that was not in a position to prevent this accident, and unable to properly answer it afterwards.»



«I'm sure, that I, as Prime Minister, absolutely, had to take responsibility and to resign».

Statement by the Prime Minister Hoon Chong-won comes at a time, as the Government faced growing anger from victims ' relatives, due to the fact, what it has not done enough, to save or protect their loved ones.

The South Korean executive power is concentrated in the hands of the President, Park Geun-Hye, so the proposal of the Prime Minister, как представляется, is largely a symbolic. While there was no immediate confirmation from the President, whether he retiring.

Chung was criticized by relatives of the dead and his car was blocked by, When he visited the shelter on an island not far from the place, where the ship sank a week ago.

Extension: New arrests in connection with the tragedy in the South Korean ferry >>

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