Democratic Party (South Korea, 2011)
|Chairman||Kim Han-gil (former)|
|Assembly leader||Jeon Byeong-heon (former)|
|Founded||15 December 2011|
|Dissolved||26 March 2014|
|Merger of||Democratic Party (2008), Citizens Unity Party|
|Merged into||New Politics Alliance for Democracy|
|Ideology||Liberalism (South Korean),
|Political position||Centre to Centre-left|
|International affiliation||Progressive Alliance|
|Politics of South Korea
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. 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.
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. 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.
List of leaders
- Han Myeong-sook (16 January 2012 - 16 April 2012)
- Lee Hae-chan (9 June 2012 - 18 November 2012)
- Kim Han-gil (since 4 May 2013)
- Kim Jin-pyo (23 December 2011 - 4 May 2012)
- Park Jie-won (4 May 2012 - 21 December 2012)
- Park Ki-choon (21 December 2012 - 15 May 2013)
- Jeon Byeong-hun (since 15 May 2013)
|Election||Candidate||Total votes||Share of votes||Outcome||Party Name|
|2012||Moon Jae-in||14,692,632||48.0%||Lost||Democratic United Party|
|Election||Total seats won||Total votes||Share of votes||Outcome of election||Election leader||Party Name|
|2012||7,777,123||36.5%||38 seats; Minority||Han Myeong-sook||Democratic United Party|
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