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In South Korea, state auditors have confirmed allegations of nepotism in the country's foreign ministry. The controversy over improper hiring practices forced the resignation of Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan.
Inspectors say the country's foreign ministry bent its hiring rules to name a 35-year-old daughter of Yu Myung-hwan to a mid-level post. Qualifications for the job were revised apparently in her favor, and two of the five interviewers deliberately gave her near-perfect scores.
Yu apologized, but his apology did little to soothe public fury over what is seen as preferential treatment for the privileged class. The scandal also drew sharp rebuke from President Lee Myung-bak, who called the case inexcusable.
The snowballing controversy pressured the 64-year-old Yu, the longest-serving minister of the Lee administration, to make a disgraceful exit from his 36 years of public career.
Yu's stepping down is the fourth resignation inside a week. The series of high profile resignations have created a political vacuum, with no prime minister, or top diplomat to steer preparations for a G20 summit in two months.
- S Korean FM offers resignation 2010-09-04