Democratic Party (South Korea, 2011)

The Democratic Party (DP), known as the Democratic United Party (DUP) until 2013, was a liberal political party in South Korea, and for the duration of its existence the country's main opposition force.[5][6][7]

Democratic Party
민주당
Founded15 December 2011 (2011-12-15)
Dissolved26 March 2014 (2014-03-26)
Preceded byDemocratic Party (2008)
Citizens Unity Party
Succeeded byNPAD
IdeologySocial liberalism
Political positionCentre[1] to centre-left[2][3]
International affiliationProgressive Alliance[4]
ColorsYellow
Democratic Party
Hangul
민주당
Hanja
民主黨
Revised RomanizationMinjudang
McCune–ReischauerMinjudang
DUP logo (2011–2013)

On 15 December 2011, the Democratic Party, which had been the main opposition in the 18th Assembly, merged with the minor Citizens Unity Party to form the DUP. The Democratic United Party had strong connections with the Federation of Korean Trade Unions. The forming of the party took place against the background of the forthcoming April 2012 legislative election, in which the centre-left opposition sought to defeat the ruling Saenuri Party.[8][9]

At the party's first congress on 15 January 2012, the DUP voted Han Myeong-sook chairwoman of the supreme council. Han was from 2006 to 2007 South Korea's first and so far only female Prime Minister.[5][6] Han Myeong-sook vowed to retaliate against the Supreme Prosecutors' Office of South Korea for hiding corruption and malpractice by the Lee Myung-bak administration.[10] The New Politics Alliance for Democracy followed the Party's position.

List of leadersEdit

ChairpersonsEdit

Won Hye-young and Lee Yong-sun (Interim, 21 November 2011 – 16 January 2012)
  1. Han Myeong-sook[11] (16 January 2012 – 16 April 2012)
  2. Lee Hae-chan (9 June 2012 – 18 November 2012)
    • Moon Jae-in (Interim, 18 November 2012 – 28 December 2012)
    • Park Ki-choon (Interim, 28 December 2012 – 9 January 2013)
    • Moon Hee-sang (Emergency Response Commission, 9 January 2013 – 4 May 2013)
  3. Kim Han-gil (since 4 May 2013)

Assembly leadersEdit

  1. Kim Jin-pyo (23 December 2011 – 4 May 2012)
  2. Park Jie-won (4 May 2012 – 21 December 2012)
  3. Park Ki-choon (21 December 2012 – 15 May 2013)
  4. Jeon Byeong-hun (since 15 May 2013)

Election resultsEdit

Presidential electionsEdit

Election Candidate Total votes Share of votes Outcome
2012 Moon Jae-in 14,692,632 48.0% Lost  N

Legislative electionsEdit

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Status Election leader
2012
127 / 300
7,777,123 36.5%  38 seats; Minority Opposition Han Myeong-sook

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ News Cheonji 민주통합당, 당명 ‘민주당’으로 변경… 중도노선 강화. Retrieved on 4 May 2013
  2. ^ Arirang News. Arirang.co.kr (18 December 2011). Retrieved on 12 April 2012.
  3. ^ (EDITORIAL from the on 17 Jan.). Yonhap News (17 January 2012). Retrieved on 12 April 2012. (in Korean)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 March 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b Lee, Tae-hoon (15 January 2012), "Han to head main opposition party", The Korea Times, retrieved 15 January 2012
  6. ^ a b Bae, Hyun-jung (15 January 2012), "Former P.M. Han takes DUP helm", The Korea Herald, retrieved 15 January 2012
  7. ^ Ex S. Korean PM Elected Leader of Main Opposition Party, CRI, 15 January 2012, retrieved 15 January 2012
  8. ^ Chung, Min-uck (16 December 2011), "Liberal camp launches new party", The Korea Times, archived from the original on 3 March 2014, retrieved 10 January 2012
  9. ^ "Disorderly 'integration'", The Korea Herald, 13 December 2011, retrieved 10 January 2012
  10. ^ Lee (이), Seung-hun (승훈) (16 January 2012). 정치검찰 퇴출...제2의 정봉주는 없다. OhMyNews (in Korean). Archived from the original on 25 April 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2012.
  11. ^ "Han steps down as DUP head after defeat" Archived 27 January 2013 at archive.today Korea JoongAng Daily (JoongAng Ilbo). 16 April 2012