Platform Party

The Platform Party (Korean더불어시민당; Hanja더불어市民黨) was a political party and an electoral alliance under the Democratic Party in South Korea formed in 2020 in order to run for party-list proportional representation in 2020 South Korean legislative election.

Platform Party

더불어시민당
FounderWoo Hee-jong
Choi Bae-geun
Founded8 March 2020
Registered16 March 2020
Dissolved13 May 2020
Split fromDemocratic Party
Merged intoDemocratic Party
HeadquartersGukhoe-daero, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo, Seoul
IdeologySocial liberalism
Political positionCentre to centre-left
National affiliationDemocratic Party
Basic Income Party
Period Transition
Colours  Blue
Website
platformparty.kr
Platform Party
Hangul
더불어시민당
Hanja
더불어市民黨[N 1]
Revised RomanizationDeobureo-shimindang
McCune–ReischauerTŏburŏ-simintang

HistoryEdit

The party was originally established by Woo Hee-jong and Choi Bae-geun as For the Citizens (Korean: 시민을위하여) on 2 March 2020, while condemning the United Future Party for forming its satellite party, the Future Korea Party, in order to obtain compensatory seats after the passage of a new electoral law.[1] It held its founding congress on 8 March and elected Woo and Choi as its co-Presidents.[2]

For the upcoming general election, the party signed a cooperation agreement with the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, as well as the other minor parties such as the Basic Income Party, Transition Korea, Let's Go! — Environmental Party and the Let's Go! — Party for Peace and Human Rights.[3][4][5][6] The next day, it changed its name to the current one.[7]

Nearly 75% of members of the Green Party Korea agreed to join the Democrat-led For the Citizens electoral alliance. However, they quickly left as soon as they joined. The Green Party left the electoral alliance after the Democratic Party's Secretary-General Yoon Ho-joong made sexist and transphobic remarks about sexual minorities. Two of the five National Assembly candidates for the Green Party Korea belong to the LGBT Community.[8]

On 25 March, the Democratic Party confirmed that they would send 7 MPs to this party.[9]

Following the 2020 elections, a process was launched to merge or absorb the Platform Party back into the Democratic Party of Korea by 15 May 2020, as its original task of obtaining new compensatory proportional seats in the election was complete.[10] On 13 May, the party declared its merge into the Democratic Party.[11]

IdeologyEdit

The party is described as "pro-Moon Jae-in" and/or "pro-Cho Kuk", supporting Cho Kuk as the Minister of Justice.[4][5][verification needed] During the cooperation agreement, several left-of-centre parties including the Minjung Party refused to join as they did not want to join an electoral alliance led by pro-Moon figures.[5]

The party's position towards same-sex marriage was not clear, as the Democratic Party did not want to include explicitly pro-LGBT parties in their alliance.[5]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 共同市民黨, 共に市民党 or other variants are translated names in Chinese and Japanese.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "창당선언문". 2 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  2. ^ "[세계타임즈TV] 시민을 위하여 플랫폼 정당 창당대회". 8 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  3. ^ "[속보]민주, 비례연합당 '시민을위하여'에 합류". 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b ""'시민을위하여'와 연합"…'친 조국' 비례정당과 손잡은 민주당". 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "與, 범여 원로 주축 '정치개혁연합' 대신 親조국 '시민을위하여'와 비례당 꾸리기로". 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  6. ^ "민주, 비례연합 플랫폼 '시민을위하여' 선택". 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  7. ^ "민주당 비례정당은 '더불어시민당'…"열린민주당은 유사품"". 18 March 2020. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  8. ^ "녹색당, 비례연합정당 합류 제안에 "참여 않는다" 재확인". 22 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  9. ^ "민주당 "현역 의원 7명, 더불어시민당에 파견"". 25 March 2020. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Election law should be revised before integration with proportional parties". The Dong-a Ilbo. 25 April 2020. Retrieved 2 May 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "민주당-더불어시민당 합당 마무리…민주당, 177석으로 21대 국회 시작". 13 May 2020. Retrieved 14 May 2020.

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