Prime minister steps down
"A series of major political events has concluded with the July 28 by-elections, and I believe a clean slate has been prepared for the president to start the second half of his term," Chung said in a press conference televised live. "As a responsible public servant, I decided now is the opportunity to make public my intention to resign."
Chung candidly recalled the failures and achievements of his term.
"Ten months were too short to accomplish what I had aimed for, and Korea's political landscape was too rough," Chung said, expressing regret over failed education reform.
"Above all, a revised blueprint for the Sejong City was created for the long-term future of the nation, but I failed to accomplish it," Chung said. "It is not only a matter of personal regret, but also a matter of remorse that I had failed to prevent the expected confusion and the waste of the national energy in the future (by moving government offices out of Seoul)."
Chung said his proudest achievement was settling the dispute over the Yongsan fire, which claimed six lives (including one SWAT officer) during evictions from a redevelopment site. In December 2009, Chung issued a statement expressing deep regret as prime minister over the tragedy in which five protesters and evictees were killed.
Chung said he will perform his duties until a successor is named to make sure there is no vacuum in the government.
By Ser Myo-ja [email@example.com]
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