Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon announced his resignation this morning, following Wednesday's annulled referendum on the capital's free school lunch program.
At a news conference Friday, Oh said that he accepts the result of the referendum and that he will resign immediately to minimize any political controversy or administrative setbacks.
Oh added that excessive welfare policies will put pressure on future generations, and that he hopes to see more in-depth and intense discussions take place, triggered by his resignation.
Oh's old role will be filled by the Vice Mayor for Administrative Affairs, Kwon Young-gyu, who will serve as acting mayor until a new mayor is found.
Meanwhile, both the ruling Grand National Party and the main opposition Democratic Party are said to be gearing up for the by-election slated for October 26th, where the capital's new mayor will be elected.