S. Korea acting leader rejects resignations by Park aides

S. Korea acting leader rejects resignations by Park aidesSouth Korea's acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn turned down the resignation offers made by senior advisers to ousted President Park Geun-hye, citing the need to address urgent security and economic issues facing the nation, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday.

Park's Chief of Staff Han Kwang-ok, chief national security adviser Kim Kwan-jin, the presidential security chief and nine senior secretaries on Monday offered their resignations en masse to take responsibility for the ouster of President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal last week.

Hwang rejected the offers to "ensure no gaps in the running of state affairs and to resolve urgent pending issues in consideration of the grave national security and economic situations," an official representing him said in a press briefing at the government complex in Seoul.

The acting president is expected to keep the current lineup until South Korea picks a new president in an early election triggered by Park's impeachment. It is expected for election to take place on May 9 as the law requires for it to be held within 60 days of a president's removal.

Hwang's decision sends a message that he will focus on stable managing state affairs at a time when the country faces rising economic and political challenges including China's economic retaliations over the deployment of a U.S. missile defence system in South Korea and North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

The presidential officials will also be responsible for handling the transfer of presidential records to the state archives and preparing the transition of the incoming administration, which will take office without a formal transition period.

Hwang instructed the Cabinet to do all it can to ensure a fair and smooth election.
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