Cabinet reshuffle to speed up as President Park returns from UAE - PunditsUpdated: 2014-05-21 22:45:11 (KST)
When President Park apologized this week for the government's poor response to the ferry disaster, she chose not to mention her plans to shake-up the cabinet.
But as she told the families of the victims late last week, follow-up measures to the accident, including a reshuffle, are expected to speed up in the coming days.
"I am currently planning follow-up measures, including a cabinet reshuffle, in detail."
Pundits are carefully looking at who will be the president's candidate for prime minister with the current Prime Minister Chung Hong-won set to resign to take responsibility for the government's lax response to the ferry disaster.
They say the appointment of a new prime minister will mark the starting point of the cabinet shake-up.
Speculation is rife that the nomination of a new prime minister could come as early as this week as it's already been almost a month since Chung offered to step down.
Those held most responsible for the poor handling of the disaster -- the ministers of oceans and fisheries, public administration and education are most likely to face the chop,but there are growing calls for a clean sweep.
Ruling and opposition party lawmakers are demanding the entire cabinet as well as senior officials at the presidential office step down.
Pundits say President Park's new government line-up will affect how the public evaluates the sincerity of her apology and will play a key role in whether she wins back public sentiment.
Hwang Ji-hye, Arirang News.
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