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President Park to address nation on ferry disaster this week

Updated: 2014-05-13 06:26:52 KST
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When President Park Geun-hye addresses the nation in the coming days, she's expected to apologize to the Korean people for the government's failure to prevent the Sewol-ho ferry tragedy.
She has apologized a number of times since the accident nearly a month ago, but has been criticized for not making one directly to the public.
In her speech, President Park will also lay out the details of a new master plan to bolster national safety and a new ministry she's previously pledged to establish to oversee emergency response and management.


"I believe it would be most desirable to set up a new ministry to consolidate management of man-made and natural disasters for an efficient and integrated emergency response system."


At a surprise meeting with her senior secretaries on Sunday, the president also discussed ways to bring about sweeping reforms to public service and root out irregularities that are blamed for having caused the deadly ferry accident.
It's a sentiment President Park first iterated two weeks after the Sewol-ho ferry sank.


"I will make right the irregularities that have been passed down, regain the public trust and make Korea a safe place to live."


There's also speculation about reshuffles within the Cabinet and the presidential office, especially as a number of officials have been slammed publicly for inconsiderate behavior since the Sewol-ho accident.
The president's address will likely come either Tuesday, when a Cabinet meeting is scheduled, or towards the end of the week when the prosecution and police are expected to announce an interim report on their joint ferry disaster probe.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.


Reporter : yschoi@arirang.co.kr

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