Democratic Party (South Korea, 2011)

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Democratic Party
Chairman Kim Han-gil (former)
Assembly leader Jeon Byeong-heon (former)
Founded 15 December 2011 (2011-12-15)
Dissolved 26 March 2014 (2014-03-26)
Merger of Democratic Party (2008), Citizens Unity Party
Merged into New Politics Alliance for Democracy
Ideology Liberalism (South Korean),
Social liberalism,
Progressivism
Political position Centre[1] to Centre-left[2][3]
Colors Blue[4]
Website
minjoo.kr (Korean)
englishdp.tistory.com (English)
Politics of South Korea
Political parties
Elections
Democratic Party
Hangul 민주당
Hanja 民主黨
Revised Romanization Minjudang
McCune–Reischauer Minchutang

The Democratic Party (DP), until 2013 known as the Democratic United Party (DUP), is a socially liberal political party in South Korea, and currently the country's main opposition force.[5][6][7] On 15 December 2011, the Democratic Party (2008), which has been the main opposition in the 18th Assembly, merged with the minor Citizens Unity Party to form the DUP. The Democratic United Party has strong connections with the Federation of Korean Trade Unions. The forming of the party took place against the background of the forthcoming April 2012 legislative election, in which the centre-left opposition sought to defeat the ruling Saenuri Party.[8][9]

On the party's first congress on 15 January 2012, the DUP voted Han Myeong-sook chairwoman of the supreme council. Han was from 2006 to 2007 South Korea's first and so far only female Prime Minister.[5][6] Han Myeong-sook has vowed to retaliate against the Supreme Prosecutors' Office of South Korea for hiding corruptions and malpractices done by the Lee Myung-bak administration.[10]

List of leaders[edit]

Chairpersons[edit]

Won Hye-young and Lee Yong-sun (Interim, 21 November 2011 - 16 January 2012)
  1. Han Myeong-sook[11] (16 January 2012 - 16 April 2012)
  2. Lee Hae-chan (9 June 2012 - 18 November 2012)
    • Moon Jae-in (Interim, 18 November 2012 - 28 December 2012)
    • Park Ki-choon (Interim, 28 December 2012 - 9 January 2013)
    • Moon Hee-sang (Emergency Response Commission, 9 January 2013 - 4 May 2013)
  3. Kim Han-gil (since 4 May 2013)

Assembly leaders[edit]

  1. Kim Jin-pyo (23 December 2011 - 4 May 2012)
  2. Park Jie-won (4 May 2012 - 21 December 2012)
  3. Park Ki-choon (21 December 2012 - 15 May 2013)
  4. Jeon Byeong-hun (since 15 May 2013)

Election results[edit]

Presidential elections[edit]

Election Candidate Total votes Share of votes Outcome Party Name
2012 Moon Jae-in 14,692,632 48.0% Lost Red XN Democratic United Party

Legislative elections[edit]

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader Party Name
2012
127 / 300
7,777,123 36.5% Increase38 seats; Minority Han Myeong-sook Democratic United Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ News Cheonji 민주통합당, 당명 ‘민주당’으로 변경… 중도노선 강화. Retrieved on 4 May 2013
  2. ^ Arirang News. Arirang.co.kr (18 December 2011). Retrieved on 12 April 2012.
  3. ^ (EDITORIAL from the on 17 Jan.). Yonhap News (17 January 2012). Retrieved on 12 April 2012. (Korean)
  4. ^ 민주당 :: 민주당 소개 :: 로고. Minjoo.kr. Retrieved on 12 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b Lee, Tae-hoon (15 January 2012), Han to head main opposition party, The Korea Times, retrieved 15 January 2012 
  6. ^ a b Bae, Hyun-jung (15 January 2012), Former P.M. Han takes DUP helm, The Korea Herald, retrieved 15 January 2012 
  7. ^ Ex S. Korean PM Elected Leader of Main Opposition Party, CRI, 15 January 2012, retrieved 15 January 2012 
  8. ^ Chung, Min-uck (16 December 2011), Liberal camp launches new party, The Korea Times, retrieved 10 January 2012 
  9. ^ Disorderly ‘integration’, The Korea Herald, 13 December 2011, retrieved 10 January 2012 
  10. ^ Lee (이), Seung-hun (승훈) (16 January 2012). "정치검찰 퇴출...제2의 정봉주는 없다". OhMyNews (in Korean). Retrieved 17 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Han steps down as DUP head after defeat" Korea JoongAng Daily (JoongAng Ilbo). 2012.04.16

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