K Party

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Korea Vision Party
President Park Se-il
Founded February 27, 2012 (2012-02-27)
Dissolved April 12, 2012 (2012-04-12)
Headquarters 14-3 Yeoeuido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Ideology Reformative conservatism[1][2]
Political position Center-right[2]
International affiliation None
Colors Orange, white, blue
Korean name
Hangul 국민생각
Hanja 생각
Revised Romanization Gungmin Saenggak
McCune–Reischauer Kungmin Saenggak

The Korea Vision Party (Korean: 국민생각, Gungmin Saenggak, "National Thought"), more commonly known as the K Party, is a center-rightist political party in South Korea. It was founded on 12 February 2012 by Park Se-il, president of the Hansun Foundation, a conservative think tank.[2] There are concerns that the K Party will split the conservative vote,[3] though Park Se-il met with Saenuri leader Park Geun-hye on 23 February, with Park Geun-hye commenting that "If a party holds the same values and orientation, we are open to partnering".[4] The party aims to field over 200 candidates in the April elections, favoring the selection of women and younger politicians.[5] In an opinion poll conducted on 24–25 February 2012, the K Party received a support level of 1.4%, out-ranking the more established New Progressive Party.[6] Analysts have nonetheless raised questions over the ability of the party to secure seats, even if sitting Assembly members do defect.[7]

The party has attempted to court defecting members of the larger Saenuri Party in the run-up to the 2012 Assembly elections,[7] with a particular focus on loyalists of Lee Myung-bak who have been alienated by the rise of Park Geun-hye.[8] Commentators have speculated that pro-Lee lawmakers such as Lee Jae-oh may defect to the K Party en masse,[9] and on March 9, 2012, the former Saenuri Party politician Jeon Yeo-ok defected to the K Party and became its first lawmaker.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 새누리 보수연대 고심 신당·선진당과 물밑대화. Hankyoreh, 12 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. (Korean)
  2. ^ a b c Center-rightists challenge Saenuri party. Korea Times, 13 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  3. ^ Conservative group splits off to launch ‘K Party’, Korea Joongang Daily, 14 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  4. ^ Destructive division in conservative camp. Donga Ilbo, 24 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  5. ^ New centrist party takes shape before April polls. Korea Times, 13 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  6. ^ South Korean conservatives show renewed strength ahead of April elections. Asian Correspondent, 28 February 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012.
  7. ^ a b Unselected lawmakers threaten to desert. Korea Times, 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  8. ^ Saenuri mixes up candidates with a few big surprises. Korea Joongang Daily, 6 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  9. ^ Pro-Lee faction leader blasts nominations. Korea Herald, 8 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  10. ^ Rep. Chun leaves Saenuri for K Party. Korea Herald, 9 March 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.