S Korean PM quits, eyes top job

2007-03-07 13:07

Seoul - South Korea's prime minister formally resigned on Wednesday, saying she would think about running for the nation's top job.

The resignation of Han Myung-sook had been all but official since late last month when she offered to quit and President Roh Moo-hyun agreed. She had planned to formally step down after the current session of the national assembly closed.

The parliamentary session ended on Tuesday and an aide to Han said on Wednesday that she has resigned as planned.

"I will ponder it from now on," Han told reporters, when asked if she would run for president. The presidential election is set for December.

Aides have said Han would first focus on her job as a legislator following her resignation.

Han was the first woman to hold the government's number two position, although the job is largely ceremonial in a country where power is concentrated around the president.