Minjung Party

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Minjung Party

Permanent PresidentLee Sang-kyu
PresidentCollective leadership
Floor LeaderKim Jong-hoon
Secretary GeneralHong Sung-kyu
Founded15 October 2017 (2017-10-15)
Preceded byUnified Progressive Party
(de facto)
New People's Party
People's United Party
Headquarters11, Yeouidaebang-ro 67-gil, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul
Left-wing nationalism[2]
Left-wing populism[2]
Political positionLeft-wing[3][4] to far-left[5][6]
Colours     Orange
Seats in the National Assembly
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Seats within local government
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Minjung Party
Revised RomanizationMinjungdang
Headquarter building of Minjung Party

The Minjung Party (Korean민중당; Hanja民衆黨; RRMinjungdang) is a political party of South Korea. The party was formed by the merger of the New People's Party and People's United Party on 15 October 2017.[7][8]


The party initially had two members in the National Assembly, both from Ulsan, but was reduced to one on December 22, when the supreme court convicted Yoon Jong-oe for breaking the campaign law.[9]

In July 2018, members of the Minjung party met with members of the North Korean Social Democratic Party in China. The meeting was not authorized by the Ministry of Unification which could have punished the party of violations of South Korea's National Security Act, Jung Tae-heung the co-chair of the Minjung Party stated that he was warned the party may be fined for the meeting.[10]

In August 2019, the party held events related to nationwide protests against Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and boycott against Japanese products.[11]

In January 2020, the Minjung party surveyed at 1.5% approval rating ahead of parliamentary elections.[12]

The party lost its remaining seat in the 2020 legislative election.


The merger of the New People's Party and People's United Party has been controversial, due to their status as parties that were largely a continuation of the Unified Progressive Party, which was dissolved and banned in 2014 due to purported "anti-constitutional" activity by a Constitutional Court ruling.[13][14] Conservative critics of the party argued that the Minjung Party is merely an attempt to reestablish the Unified Progressive Party.[15]


Local elections[edit]

Election Metropolitan mayor/Governor Provincial legislature Municipal mayor Municipal legislature Election leader
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Kim Jong-hoon
Kim Chang-han


  1. ^ "South Korea Backtracks on Easing Sanctions After Trump Comment". The New York Times. 11 October 2018. “The dog barks, but the caravan moves on,” Lee Eun-hae, a spokeswoman at the minor progressive Minjung Party, said in a statement about Mr. Trump and closer relations with North Korea.
  2. ^ a b 민중당 강령(2019.09.29)
  3. ^ Jae-hyuk, Park (17 August 2018). "CJ Logistics criticized for death of part-timer". The Korea Times. Retrieved 12 April 2019. The left-wing Minjung Party criticized CJ Group's logistics arm for shifting its responsibility for the death to the subcontractor.
  4. ^ Hincks, Joseph (25 May 2018). "Confusion and Protests. How Seoul Reacted to President Trump Quitting the North Korea Summit". Time. Retrieved 12 April 2019. In the city’s Gwanghwamun Square Friday, a group of about 30 protesters holding the banners of South Korea’s left-wing Minjung party had gathered to demonstrate against the cancellation of summit.
  5. ^ "Female prosecutor opens up about sexual harassment". koreaherald. 30 January 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2020. "Members of the far-left minor opposition Minjung Party protest, demanding the Prosecution’s apology and an investigation into a female prosecutor’s sexual harassment allegations, in front of the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office in Seoul on Tuesday."
  6. ^ "비례의석 앞에 갈라진 汎與…중도층 이탈 우려". 아시아경제. 18 March 2020. Retrieved 19 March 2020. "그가 언급한 '이념 문제'는 극좌 성향의 민중당을, '성소수자 문제'는 비례대표 후보로 트랜스젠더를 공천한 녹색당을 겨냥한 것으로 해석된다."(It is interpreted that the 'ideological problem' he refers to aims at the Far-left leaning Minjung party, and the 'sexual minority problem' aims at a green party that nominated transgender as a proportional representative candidate.)
  7. ^ 민중당 공식 출범 "민중 승리시대 열 것" 포부. 인천일보 (in Korean). 15 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  8. ^ 민중당 공식 출범 "민중 승리시대 열 것" 포부. 인천일보 (in Korean). 15 October 2017. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  9. ^ 울산 북구 단일화 양보했던 이상헌 "윤종오는 무죄". Ohmynews (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  10. ^ https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2018/08/103_252899.html
  11. ^ http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190814000542
  12. ^ http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2020-01/16/c_138709474.htm
  13. ^ S Korea Court Orders Dissolution of Leftist Party
  14. ^ Official court opinion (in Korean)
  15. ^ 김경희 (15 October 2017). 민중당 오늘 출범...옛 '통진당' 재건 논란도. 연합뉴스 (in Korean). Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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