South Korea's prime minister Chung Un-chan has offered to resign after parliament turned down his efforts to scrap a plan that will relocate several government ministries out of the capital.
Chung's resignation comes as a surprise. He told a nationally televised news conference that he has a guilty conscience for failing to prevent a waste of national strength and national confusion that the relocation may cause. It was not immediately known if President Lee Myung-bak will accept the resignation. Chung says he will continue his duties as prime minister until Lee appoints his successor.
|South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-chan arrives to speak at a news|
conference at the Central Government Complex in Seoul July 29, 2010.
Chung offered to resign on Thursday after a dispute over the government's
failure to get approval from parliament for a bill to repeal a new
administrative town project, according to local media.