South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo delivers his speech during his departure ceremony at a government complex in Seoul, South Korea, April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
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Park, whose ruling Saenuri Party faces a general election early next year for control of the 300-seat parliament, has seen her public support rating dip below 40 percent in recent weeks.Park has not been personally implicated in the scandal.Park has faced fresh criticism for her handling of a ferry sinking that killed 304 people, with many victims' families unhappy that the government decided only last week to salvage the sunken Sewol, failing to announce a plan in time for the one-year anniversary of the disaster on April 16 .Park did not immediately name a new nominee for prime minister, a largely ceremonial post.
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