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United Future Party

미래통합당
AbbreviationUFP
ChairmanHwang Kyo-ahn
Floor LeaderShim Jae-chul
Secretary-GeneralPark Wan-soo
Founded17 February 2020
Merger ofLiberty Korea Party
New Conservative Party
Onward for Future 4.0
and other minor parties and political organisations
Think tankThe Yeouido Institute
IdeologyConservatism (South Korea)
Social conservatism
National conservatism
Right-wing populism
Anti-communism
Economic liberalism
Regional affiliationAsia Pacific Democrat Union
International affiliationInternational Democrat Union
Colours     Pink[a]
SloganThe Power of United Free Korea
(하나 된 자유대한민국의 힘)
2020 United in front of People
(2020 국민 앞에 하나)
AnthemThe Way to Victory
(승리의 길)
Seats in the National Assembly
92 / 300
Municipal mayor and Gubernatorial
3 / 17
Municipal Mayors
52 / 226
Seats within local government
933 / 2,926
Website
www.unitedfutureparty.kr
United Future Party
Hangul
Hanja
Revised RomanizationMiraetonghapdang
McCune–ReischauerMiraet'onghaptang

The United Future Party (Korean미래통합당; Hanja未來統合黨; RRMiraetonghapdang; lit. Future Unionist Party) is a conservative[1][2][3][4] political party in South Korea.

The party was formed on 17 February 2020 by the merger of the Liberty Korea Party, New Conservative Party and Onward for Future 4.0, as well as several minor parties and political organisations.[5] By the time of establishment, it contains 118 MPs in the National Assembly.[5] It has a sister relationship with the minor Future Korea Party.

History[edit]

Background[edit]

The political scandal in 2016 led President Park Geun-hye to be impeached, and several MPs quit from the then-ruling Saenuri Party to form the Bareun Party.[6] The Saenuri Party changed its name to the Liberty Korea Party (LKP),[7] but following the final impeachment of Park on 10 March 2017, it de jure lost its ruling party position.[8] After the Democratic presidential candidate Moon Jae-in was elected on 9 May,[9] it officially became the main opposition.

Though several Bareun MPs returned to the LKP, the LKP did not recover its support, losing ground in the 2018 local elections.[10] Its President, Hong Jun-pyo, immediately resigned in order to take responsibility for the serious defeat.[10] The Bareun Party, which had merged with the minor centrist People's Party to form the Bareunmirae Party, also faced a defeat at the local elections.[11]

Both conservative parties then held snap leadership elections. On 2 September 2018, the Bareunmirae Party elected Sohn Hak-kyu as its new President.[12] On 27 February 2019, the Liberty Korea Party elected former Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn as its new President.[13] Soon, Lee Un-ju, a Bareunmirae MP, quit her party[14] and was widely expected to join the LKP[15] but formed a new party named Onward for Future 4.0.[16] Other former Bareun MPs faced conflicts with its President Sohn also exited and founded the New Conservative Party.[17] As a "conservative union", the Liberty Korea Party, Onward for Future 4.0, and the New Conservative Party agreed to merge and establish a new party.[18]

The new party's name was initially set as the Grand Unified New Party (Korean: 대통합신당),[19] but soon changed to the current name.[20] Park Hyung-joon, who led the merger and refoundation, explained that the name shows both support for youths and political solidarity.[21]

Founding congress[edit]

On 17 February 2020, 3 conservative parties were finally merged and refounded as the United Future Party.[5] It soon elected Liberty Korea president Hwang Kyo-ahn as the new President.[22] Though much of the new party leadership resembles that of the LKP, Vice-Presidents Won Hee-ryong and Kim Yŏng-hwan are not from the LKP.[22]

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in and the Democratic Party President Lee Hae-chan congratulated the new party's founding, but it was soon reported that the move was not welcomed by several members.[23] Some sources also reported that the party is planning to file a lawsuit against Moon.[24][25][26]

Yoo Seong-min, the former Bareunmirae president, did not attend the founding congress.[27] Yoo Young-ha, a pro-Park Geun-hye figure, exited the LKP before the formation of the new party.[28]

Leadership[edit]

Chairman[edit]

No. Name Photo Began Left
1 Hwang Kyo-ahn
Hwang Kyo-ahn December 2016.jpg
17 February 2020 Incumbent

Secretary-General[edit]

No. Name Photo Began Left
1 Park Wan-soo
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17 February 2020 Incumbent

Election results[edit]

General elections[edit]

Election National Assembly Government President
Votes % Seats won
2020 TBD TBD
0 / 300
TBD Hwang Kyo-ahn

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Officially "Happy Pink".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shim, Elizabeth (28 February 2020). "South Korea president voices concern about Chinese reprisal". United Press International (UPI). Retrieved 16 March 2020. Hwang Kyo-ahn, leader of the conservative United Future Party, the main opposition, told Moon it might not be too late to implement a ban to prevent a further increase in cases of COVID-19.
  2. ^ Sang-Hun, Choe (19 February 2020). "Ex-North Korean Diplomat Runs for South Korean Parliament". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 March 2020. South Korea’s main conservative political opposition, the United Future Party, selected him to run in National Assembly elections in April.
  3. ^ Si-young, Choi (2 March 2020). "Public divided over expanding China entry ban". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 16 March 2020. Almost 9 out of 10 supporters of the conservative main opposition United Future Party favored a wider ban that covers all of China.
  4. ^ Ju-min, Park (2 March 2020). "Wristwatch overshadows South Korea sect leader's coronavirus apology". Reuters. Retrieved 16 March 2020. United Future Party, a conservative political movement formerly headed by Park, denied Lee and the party had any political connections.
  5. ^ a b c "'의석 113석' 미래통합당 출범…오늘 의원총회서 상견례". 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  6. ^ "바른정당, 무릎 꿇고 사죄하며 창당대회". 24 January 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  7. ^ "새누리당, 오늘 자유한국당으로 개명…상징은 '횃불'". 13 February 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  8. ^ "[전문] 자유한국당 "헌법재판소 대통령 탄핵 인용 결정 겸허하게 수용"". 10 March 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  9. ^ "문재인, 득표율 41.08% …역대 최다 표차 당선". 10 May 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  10. ^ a b "지방선거 패배, 자유한국당 홍준표 대표직 사퇴". 14 June 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  11. ^ "[지방선거 결과③] '바른미래당' ·· 왜 망했나". 14 June 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  12. ^ "돌아온 손학규... 바른비래 당대표 당선, 27% 득표". 2 September 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  13. ^ "황교안, 한국당 당대표 당선…'탄핵 그늘' 걷어낼까". 27 February 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  14. ^ "이언주 탈당…바른미래당 깨지나". 23 April 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  15. ^ "신당 창당 선언한 이언주…한국당과는 결별?". 13 November 2019. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  16. ^ "이언주 의원 `미래를 향한 전진4.0` 공식 창당". 19 January 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  17. ^ "새보수당 창당 "총선서 80석 목표"…한국당 "보수통합 동참을"". 19 January 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  18. ^ "한국당, 새보수·전진당과 합당…신당명 '미래통합당'". 13 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  19. ^ "보수 통합신당 당명, '대통합신당' 잠정 결정". 11 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  20. ^ "보수통합신당 당명 '미래통합당'으로 결정". 14 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  21. ^ "'미래통합당'으로...궤도 오른 통합열차". 13 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  22. ^ a b "미래통합당 대표에 황교안…민주당 "돌고 돌아 새누리당"". 17 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  23. ^ "`이해찬→이반찬`…미래통합당 창당식서 수난겪은 여권 화환". 17 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  24. ^ "미래통합당 "문재인 대통령 선거개입 혐의로 고발"". 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  25. ^ "미래통합당, 문재인 대통령 고발 검토…"선거법 위반 혐의"". 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  26. ^ "문재인 대통령 고발 연기한 미래통합당 "미룬 것뿐…꼭 한다"". 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  27. ^ "미래통합당 출범식 불참한 유승민…쇄신미흡 불만?". 17 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  28. ^ "유승민에 반감? 朴측근 유영하, 미래통합당 출범 당일 탈당". 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.

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