Sewol-ho plenary session kicks offUpdated: 2014-05-20 14:03:29 (KST)
And at the National Assembly
Lawmakers have opened a plenary session that will attempt to find out just what went wrong in the Sewol-ho ferry disaster.
Lawmakers from both ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy put Prime Minister Chung Hong-won in the hot seat this Tuesday morning, asking him whether the Coast Guard had taken appropriate measures at the time of the accident.
The prime minister acknowledged that the Coast Guard had not carried out its full duties and said that further investigations to determine why were underway.
Chung also said a safety control tower would be set-up under the Prime Minister's office to overhaul the nation's safety management system.
The oceans minister and the coast guard chief are not expected to appear at the plenary session as the government says they are needed at the site of the ferry accident, where search efforts continue for 17 victims still unaccounted for.
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