Ex-Prime Minister Vows to Fight Bribery Case

      April 28, 2015 09:45

      Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo officially ended his 70-day tenure on Monday. Lee, who resigned on April 20 over a bribery scandal, will be remembered as the shortest-serving prime minister of Korea.

      He had been holed up in his official residence awaiting Park's return from Latin America so she could accept his resignation.

      Korea will be without a prime minister until a successor can be found.

      In a brief address, Lee said he was "very sorry for causing the public to worry" over the scandal as he left his office, but protested his innocence in the face of damning evidence.

      Ex-Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo (center) leaves after a farewell ceremony in Seoul on Monday. /AP-Newsis

      Lee is suspected of taking W30 million (US$1=W1,074) in bribes from Sung Wan-jong, a shady tycoon and former lawmaker who committed suicide earlier this month after writing a confession that implicates several senior figures close to Park.

      Lee will be summoned by prosecutors soon.

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