Korean Social Democratic Party

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Korean Social Democratic Party
Chosŏn Sahoe Minjudang
Chairman of the Central Committee Kim Yong Dae
Founded 3 November 1945
Headquarters Pyongyang, North Korea
Ideology Social democracy
Democratic socialism
Political position Centre-left
National affiliation Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland
Supreme People's Assembly
50 / 687
Politics of North Korea
Political parties

The Korean Social Democratic Party (KSDP) is a political party in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, allied with the ruling Workers' Party. Initially a moderate social democratic party, it was formed on 3 November 1945 by medium and small entrepreneurs, merchants, handicraftsmen, petite bourgeoisie, peasants and Christians under the aim to bring about a democratic society.


Theoretically the party adheres to national social democracy befitting Korea’s historical conditions and national characteristics and its basic political motto is independence, sovereignty, democracy, peace and the defence of human rights.[1] Until January 1981, the party was called the Democratic Party of Korea.

Gradually, the party jettisoned its ideology, and it is now a loyal partner of the Workers' Party. It is part of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, a coalition with the other legal party in the DPRK, the Chondoist Chongu Party, alongside the Workers' Party and its dominating ideology of Juche and its military-first policy.

The party is currently headed by Kim Yong Dae (Chosongul: 김영대, Hanja:金英大), whose title is Chairman of the Central Committee of the Korean Social Democratic Party[2] and vice-chairman of the SPA since the election of 2009.

Limited information about the party's activities is published, apart from the name of its leader.[3] As of January 2007, the party had more than 30,000 adherents.[4]

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Korean Social Democratic Party at Ryomyong (Korean)