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S. Korea's PM offers to resign

07-05-2010 14:51 BJT

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South Korean media has reported that the country's Prime Minister has offered to resign, for failing to get parliamentary approval to scrap the planned relocation of government offices out of Seoul.

The Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported, that Prime Minster Chung Un-chan expressed his intention to step down during a private meeting with President Lee Myung-bak on Saturday.

Chung had led President Lee's efforts to prevent the previous government's plan of relocating more than half of the government's 15 ministries in Seoul, to a city about 160 kilometers to the south.

The National Assembly, however, voted down Lee's push last week, forcing him to start work on implementing the original plan. Both the presidential Blue House and the prime minister's office said they could not confirm Chung's reported resignation offer.


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