SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's president has decided to retain the country's current prime minister after two possible replacements for the job both abandoned their nominations because of questions over past behavior.

Prime Minister Chung Hong-won had offered to step down after April's deadly ferry disaster caused an outburst of public anger toward the government.

Senior presidential official Yoon Doo-hyun said Thursday that Park has now rejected Chung's resignation offer and asked him to stay on the job.

Then announcement came two days after Park's second choice for the job withdrew his name amid criticism over pro-Japanese remarks he allegedly made. Park's first pick for the post quit over alleged ethical lapses.

The withdrawals were considered political setbacks to Park. The ferry sinking left more than 300 people dead or missing.



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