South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan Koo Resigns Amid Bribery Scandal

D-bo, April 21, 2015, 7:35 a.m.

Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo has resigned amid growing calls from both the ruling and opposition parties to step down over a snowballing bribery scandal. The prime minister's office said Lee, who is suspected of accepting bribes from Sung Wan-jong, a tycoon who committed suicide earlier this month, conveyed his intent to step down to President Park Geun-hye late Monday night.

Park is expected to accept his resignation when she returns home from a four-nation trip to South America next Monday. Lee is accused of accepting roughly US$27,000 in cash from the late businessman in 2013, when Lee was running for a seat in the National Assembly. Lee has flatly denied the allegation.  He has been in office only a few months after a long search for his predecessor’s replacement ran into trouble.

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