PM steps down over bribery scandal
Published 27/04/2015 | 11:51
South Korea's president has accepted the resignation of her prime minister because of a bribery scandal.
Prime Minster Lee Wan Koo offered to quit last week, two months after taking the country's number two post.
He was at the heart of a corruption scandal involving a dead businessman and other high-profile figures.
Businessman Sung Wan-jong said before committing suicide this month that he gave 30 million won (£18,500) to Mr Lee in 2013. Mr Lee has denied the allegation.
President Park Geun-hye's office said today she accepted Mr Lee's resignation but gave no further details.
Mr Lee's office confirmed his departure, saying he left his office after making a farewell speech.
Executive power in South Korea is centred in the president, but the prime minister leads the government if the president becomes incapacitated.