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South Korean Prime Minister Resigns Over Ferry Crisis

Christianna Wiggins |
April 27, 2014 | 2:25 p.m. PDT

Executive Producer


South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won resigned today after admitting that the government incorrectly handled the Sewol ferry sinking crisis on April 16. 

The government was criticized for having a slow rescue response time and for overstating the number of survivors, amongst other things.

"I'd like to apologize for the mishandling of a slew of problems, from preventive measures before the accident to the government's initial response and follow-up steps," Chung said at a news conference on Sunday. 

During his speech, Chung apologized on behalf of his administration and sent his condolences to the families affected by the Sewol accident. 

Chung is the highest paid official thus far to lose his job over the tragedy.


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