President Park pushes forward reform campaign amid continuing safety-related accidentsUpdated: 2014-05-28 15:59:12 (KST)
The sinking of the Sewol-ho ferry on April 16th and the government's insufficient management of the accident forced many to think about problems and ill practices within the Korean society.
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"We have lost so many noble lives from this tragedy. It's our duty to reform and revolutionize our society so that their sacrifices are not in vain."
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On Tuesday, President Park emphasized the need to increase efficiency and responsibility within the government, by appointing a new deputy prime minister to look after areas outside the economy and security.
At a Cabinet meeting, the president said alongside the current deputy prime minister and finance minister and the head of the national security office, the new deputy prime minister should be given the task of overseeing the remaining issues, mainly related to education, society and culture.
Officials at the presidential office say the new system reflects the president transferring more responsibilities to the executive branch, with the prime minister in charge of law and order, public sector reforms and public safety, and his deputies in charge of other areas.
The Ministry of Security and Public Administration, which came under fire for its lax response to the recent ferry accident, will have its safety and personnel management roles transferred to new ministries under the Prime Minister's Office.
And it's anticipated the president will carry out major reshuffles within the Cabinet and the presidential office after the June 4th local elections.
However, with news of other safety-related accidents causing dozens of deaths this week it's doubtful whether the president's reform measures will help assuage public anger at the government.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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