Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland

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Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland
Chosŏn'gŭl 조국통일민주주의전선
Hancha 祖國統一民主主義
Revised Romanization Joguk tong(-)il minju juui jeonseon
McCune–Reischauer Choguk t'ongil minju chuŭi chŏnsŏn
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The Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, formed on 22 July 1946, is a North Korean united front led by the Workers' Party of Korea. It was initially called the North Korean Fatherland United Democratic Front.[1] It is also known as the Fatherland Front.

The three political parties of North Korea--the Workers' Party, the Korean Social Democratic Party, and the Chondoist Chongu Party, all participate in the front. Other member organizations include social groups and youth groups, such as the Korean Children's Union, the Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League, Young Pioneer Corps, the Korean Democratic Women's League and the Korean Red cross.[1]

In practice, the front is completely subservient to the Workers' Party[citation needed]. As in all other Communist countries where other parties were nominally permitted, the two minor parties in the front must accept the Workers' Party's "leading role" as a condition of being allowed to exist.

All candidates for elective office must be members of the front, and are elected by it; mass meetings are held to decide which candidates will be nominated and their names can go on the ballot paper only with the approval of the meeting.[2]

There is an ostensible counterpart for the front in South Korea, called the Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front and in fact operating in North Korea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Project MUSE
  2. ^ "The Parliamentary System of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea" (PDF). Constitutional and Parliamentary Information. Archived from the original on August 19, 2006. Retrieved October 1, 2006.