SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced his resignation Sunday morning in a nationally televised speech, taking responsibility for the slow initial response to the ferry accident while also apologizing to families of the victims.
There has been wide-spread criticism that the pace of the recovery has been too slow, and that the government was responsible for releasing conflicting information.
‘Keeping my post is too great a burden on the administration,’ Chung said in a brief statement. ‘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.’
So far, rescuers have retrieved 187 bodies from the cold waters off the Korean coast. An additional 115 people remain missing.