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PM of South Korea Chung Hong-Won resigned

Apr 28, 2014 14:59 IST

Prime Minister of South Korea Chung Hong-won resigned on 27 April 2014. He resigned over the government’s inability and untimely response to the ferry disaster that happened on 16 April 2014.

The President Park Geun-hye accepted the resignation of Chung, but he will remain in post until the rescue operation was completed.


Chung was born on 9 October 1944 and served as a prosecutor till 2012.  He was the first nominated Prime Minister candidate of Park Geun-hye's government. He was sworn-in as Prime Minister of South Korea from Great National Party on 26 February 2013.

The Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the traditional holiday island of Jeji on 16 April 2014. In Sewol ferry , more than 476 people were travelling most of them were students and teachers. Around 300 people were missing and confirmed death toll was 187.

South Korean ferry drowned off the South of the Korean peninsula

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