The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae expressed condolences Saturday over the death of former Prime Minister Kim Jong-pil, saying the legacy he left in South Korean politics will remain for a long time.
Kim, who served as prime minister twice and as a lawmaker nine terms, died earlier in the day at the age of 92.
“The hand stains and footprints that the deceased left in the modern history of South Korean politics won’t be removed easily,”
Yoon Young-chan, senior presidential secretary for press affairs, said in a message to reporters.
“The empty space the deceased left will look even bigger than his (big) presence (in South Korean politics). We will be missing him a long time,” he said.
The senior political affairs secretary plans to pay a visit to Kim‘s funeral altar, officials said. (Yonhap)