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Friday 9 December 2016

PM steps down over bribery scandal

Published 27/04/2015 | 11:51

South Korea's prime minister Lee Wan Koo has resigned amid a bribery scandal (AP)
South Korea's prime minister Lee Wan Koo has resigned amid a bribery scandal (AP)

South Korea's president has accepted the resignation of her prime minister because of a bribery scandal.

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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.

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