South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won announced on Sunday that he will resign in response to the ferry crash that has devastated his country. Early investigations reveal that several loopholes in safety measures and inconsistent enforcement of them contributed to the accident, which left 302 people dead or missing. The vast majority of them were high school students. “When I saw the people’s sadness and fury, I thought it was natural for me to step down with an apology,” Chung said in a nationally televised conference. The prime minister is second to the president in South Korea and is sometimes fired when the government is trying to make up for a major failure.
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