Chung Hong-won, South Korean Prime Minister has offered his resignation amidst criticisms of the government’s handling of the passenger ferry accident.
The Sewol ferry with 476 people on board most of whom were students and teachers, sank off South Korea on April 16. Officials have confirmed 187 died, but scores are still missing and presumed drowned.
In a brief televised statement, Chung said the “cries of the families of those missing still keep me up at night.”
“The right thing for me to do is to take responsibility and resign as a person who is in charge of the cabinet,” he said.
“I apologise for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster.”
“There have been so many varieties of irregularities that have continued in every corner of our society and practices that have gone wrong. I hope these deep-rooted evils get corrected this time and this kind of accident never happens again,” Chung added.
Furious relatives have repeatedly criticised what they see as the slowness of the recovery operation.
There was no immediate word from President Park Geun-hye about whether she would accept Chung’s resignation.