S. KOREA KEEPS PM WHO RESIGNED OVER FERRY DISASTER

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SEOUL: After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye announced on Thursday her “agonized” decision to retain the incumbent who had resigned over April’s ferry disaster. In an effort to assuage criticism of the government’s emergency response, Chung Hong-Won had resigned just 10 days after the Sewol passenger ferry sank on April 16 with the loss of 300 lives. Park accepted his resignation, but Chun was asked to remain in the job until a successor was found—a task that turned into an embarrassing debacle for the president. Her first nominee, a retired Supreme Court justice, was forced to withdraw because of criticism over the large income he earned in private practice after leaving the bench.

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