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South Korean PM quits over ferry disaster

He had not been up to task of directing rescue ops, he says

[SEOUL] South Korea's prime minister resigned yesterday, blaming corruption and "deep-rooted evil" for the sinking of a passenger ferry that left 300 people dead or missing, as anger grows over the bungled response to the tragedy.

Chung Hong-Won admitted he had not been up to the task of overseeing rescue operations after the Sewol capsized with 476 people - many of them schoolchildren - on board.

"I offer my apology for having been unable to prevent this accident from happening and unable to properly respond to it afterwards," he said. "I believed I, as the prime minister, certainly had to take responsibility and resign."

Mr Chung's resignation was approved by President Park Geun-hye, who has the...

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