Bareunmirae Party

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Bareunmirae Party

LeaderSohn Hak-kyu
Floor leaderOh Shin-hwan
Founded13 February 2018 (2018-02-13) (de facto)
Merger ofPeople's Party
Bareun Party
IdeologyBig tent
Liberal conservatism[1]
Internal factions:
 • Radical centrism[2]
 • Social conservatism[3][4]
 • Republicanism[5]
 • Right-wing populism[6] (minority)
Political positionCentre-right[7]
Centre[8][9] to right-wing[10][11]
National Assembly
28 / 300
Metropolitan mayor and Gubernatorial
0 / 17
Municipal Mayors
0 / 226
Seats within local government
26 / 3,750
Bareunmirae Party
Revised RomanizationBareunmiraedang

The Bareunmirae Party[12][13][14] (Korean바른미래당; Hanja바른未來黨; RRBareunmiraedang; lit. Righteous Future Political Party) , also known as the Bareun Mirae Party[15][16] and Bareun Future Party,[17][18] is a South Korean liberal-conservative political party. It was founded in 2018 by merger of the centrist People's Party and the centre-right Bareun Party.[17]



In January 2018, leaders of the party's predecessors announced their plan to merge, in an effort to form a centrist bloc and consolidate their parliamentary standings before local elections.[19][20]

The merger was noted to be a bold political experiment, as People's Party is rooted in the Jeolla Provinces, while Bareun Party is rooted in the Gyeongsang Provinces.[17]

The party was formally established on 13 February 2018.

The merger was commented as being "hasty", as it was announced before the two respective parties underwent due process to confirm the union,[19] and was seen as an attempt to consolidate the plan amidst opposition.[19] The merger plan faced opposition from members of both parties, citing concerns over differences in ideology and policy, particularly over differing stances on dealing with North Korea.[20]

Internal split-off[edit]

The plan to form the Bareunmirae Party faced opposition from the faction of the People's Party associated with the provinces of North and South Jeolla (both of which are noted to be liberal-leaning provinces).[19] Opposition within the People's Party led to 16 of its lawmakers, including Park Jie-won and Chung Dong-young, to announce plans for a new party.[21] The lawmakers were noted to having belonged to a faction that was closely associated with late former President Kim Dae-jung.[21] The new party, named Party for Democracy and Peace, was launched on 6 February 2018 alongside Bareunmirae, with the merging of the People's Party and Bareun Party.[22]

List of leaders[edit]


No. Name Term of office
Took office Left office
1 Co-leadership
Park Joo-sun   Yoo Seong-min
13 February 2018 15 June 2018
Kim Dong-cheol 15 June 2018 2 September 2018
2 Sohn Hak-kyu 2 September 2018 Incumbent

Assembly leaders (Floor leaders)[edit]

No. Name Term of office
Took office Left office
1 Kim Dong-cheol 13 February 2018 25 June 2018
2 Kim Kwan-young 25 June 2018 15 May 2019
2 Oh Shinhwan 15 May 2019 Incumbent

Election results[edit]

Local elections[edit]

Election Metropolitan mayor/Governor Provincial legislature Municipal mayor Municipal legislature Election leader
0 / 17
5 / 824
0 / 226
21 / 2,927
Yoo Seung-min
Park Joo-sun


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  3. ^ Herald interview. "Kim Yong-pil, who is running for governor of South Chungcheong Province, said that "Ahn Hee-jung's call for re-election was an abuse of power."". news1. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  4. ^ Herald interview. "Chang Sung-min, the "big man" hired by the Bareunmirae Party?". pressian. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
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  7. ^ Elizabeth Shim (18 October 2018). "Lack of intelligence on a meeting between Pompeo and his Japanese counterpart Taro Kono remained a chief concern for South Korean lawmaker Park Joo-sun of the center-right Bareunmirae Party, according to the report". UPI.
  8. ^ "Parties divided over Jeju massacre". The Korea Times. 3 April 2018.
  9. ^ Oh, Jennie (10 April 2018). "Seoul opposition question Moon administration's anti-corruption drive". United Press International.
  10. ^ Shannon Tiezzi (1 May 2019). "The conservative Liberty Party (which subsumed the popular Ahn Chul-soo's People's Party early 2018) and the right-wing Bareunmirae Party hold 114 and 29 seats, respectively". The Diplomat.
  11. ^ Tim Alper (13 May 2019). "The most recent proposal comes from Lee Eon-joo, an MP for the right-wing opposition Bareunmirae Party, who has tabled a motion for the National Assembly to amend the Electronic Financial Transaction Act (2008)". cryptonews.
  12. ^ "Lawmakers Propose String of Bills against Sexual Misconduct". KBS World Radio. 7 March 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018. ...The minor opposition Bareunmirae Party proposed a ‘Lee Youn-taek law’...
  13. ^ "Merged Bareunmirae Party Launches Tuesday". KBS World Radio. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  14. ^ "Donations to ruling party increase 20 pct: watchdog". Yonhap News. 2018-02-27. Retrieved 2018-02-28.
  15. ^ "New centrist party vows to beat two major parties". Korea Times. 2018-02-13. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
  16. ^ "New party with 30 parliament seats launches in Korea", Arirang, 2018-02-14, retrieved 2018-02-17
  17. ^ a b c "Two minor parties merge to create new centrist party". Yonhap. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  18. ^ "South Korea President Moon's approval rating rises for 2 weeks on inter-Korean dialogue mood". The Straits Times. Xinhua News Agency. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 8 March 2018. The approval scores for the conservative Bareun Future Party fell 0.3 percentage points to 6.8 per cent...
  19. ^ a b c d Choi, Ha-young (18 January 2018). "Two minor parties declare merger". The Korea Times. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  20. ^ a b "Leaders of People's Party, Bareun Party declare merger". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Yonhap. 18 January 2018. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  21. ^ a b Jo, He-rim (28 January 2018). "People's Party dissenters establish preparation committee for new party". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  22. ^ Jo, He-rim (6 February 2018). "People's Party defectors launch new liberal party". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved 16 February 2018.

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