S. Korean president apologises over political deadlock
SEOUL (AFP) - South Korea's new president Park Geun Hye publicly apologised on Monday for a political deadlock blocking the formation of her government at a time of heightened nuclear tension with North Korea.
Since being sworn in a week ago, Ms Park has had to work without a functioning Cabinet because of opposition to her government restructuring plans that have affected parliamentary confirmation of her ministerial nominees.
"I'm very sorry for causing anxiety to the people," Ms Park said in a live television address, citing "serious" and "unprecedented" delays caused to the running of state affairs.
It has been a damaging start to Ms Park's five-year term, which faces many challenges including how to deal with North Korea following Pyongyang's nuclear test on Dec 12.