SEOUL—South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday accepted the resignation of her prime minister, creating further instability in her government as she looks for a sixth nominee for the position in just over two years.
The resignation makes Lee Wan-koo South Korea’s shortest-serving prime minister since the country became democratized in the late 1980s. Lee had been in office for a little over two months.
While the position is largely ceremonial, it is South Korea’s second-highest government post and serves as deputy to the president.
Lee offered to resign last week after being accused earlier this month of accepting bribes. The accusation, made by a businessman who then committed suicide, is that Lee accepted 30 million won ($27,900) in illegal campaign funds during his 2013 run for the national assembly. The businessman made similar accusations about several other senior politicians, including Park’s closest party allies. All of the accused parties, including Lee, deny the claims.
In a closed-door resignation ceremony at his office on Monday, Lee said “the truth will eventually come out,” according to an official transcript. (Source)