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South Korea's prime minister offers to resign amid bribery scandal

  • FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, then South Korea's new Prime Minister nominee Lee Wan Koo listens to a question during a confirmation hearing in order to examine his qualification at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Prime Minister Lee has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal about two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post. Lee's office said Tuesday, April 21, 2015 he conveyed his resignation offer Monday to President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2015 file photo, then South Korea's new Prime Minister nominee Lee Wan Koo listens to a question during a confirmation hearing in order to examine his qualification at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea. South Korea's Prime Minister Lee has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal about two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post. Lee's office said Tuesday, April 21, 2015 he conveyed his resignation offer Monday to President Park Geun-hye. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, April 20, 2015, photo, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan Koo arrives at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea. Lee has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal about two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post. Lee's office said Tuesday, April 21 he conveyed his resignation offer Monday to President Park Geun-hye. (Chun Soo-young/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT

    In this Monday, April 20, 2015, photo, South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan Koo arrives at the government complex in Seoul, South Korea. Lee has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal about two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post. Lee's office said Tuesday, April 21 he conveyed his resignation offer Monday to President Park Geun-hye. (Chun Soo-young/Yonhap via AP) KOREA OUT  (The Associated Press)

South Korea's prime minister has offered to resign amid a bribery scandal about two months after he took up the country's No. 2 post.

Lee Wan Koo has been at the center of a corruption scandal that flared after a businessman killed himself earlier this month with a memo listing the names of high-profile figures he claimed to have bribed.

Businessman Sung Wan-jong told a local daily before his death he gave 30 million won ($27,390) to Lee in 2013. Lee has denied this.

Lee's office said Tuesday he conveyed his resignation offer Monday to President Park Geun-hye.

It wasn't known if Park would accept Lee's resignation offer.

South Korea's executive power is concentrated in the president but the prime minister leads the country if the president becomes incapacitated.