South Korean Prime Minister Resigns Over Ferry Investigation

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won. REUTERS/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva/Files
South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won. REUTERS/Antti Aimo-Koivisto/Lehtikuva/Files
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South Korean President Park Geun Hye accepted her prime minister’s resignation following intense criticism over the government's investigation into an April 16 ferry crash, according to the BBC.

Prime Minister Chung Hong Won will stay in office until the government finishes its probe into the ferry sinking, Bloomberg reported.

The death toll from the ferry crash has reached 183 people, but dozens more are still missing. The families of the missing and dead have argued the government was too slow in its rescue, recovery and investigation, reported the BBC.

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The move is largely symbolic, according to the Associated Press.

South Korean executive power is concentrated in the president, Park Geun-hye, so the offer appears to be largely symbolic. There was no immediate word from Park about whether she would accept the resignation.

Chung was heckled by relatives and his car was blocked when he visited a shelter on an island near the site of the sinking a week ago.

Prosecutors have arrested all 15 people involved in navigating the ferry that sank April 16.