United Liberal Democrats

The United Liberal Democrats (Korean: 자유민주연합) was a right-wing[1][2] conservative[3] political party in South Korea, whose support mostly came from the North Chungcheong and South Chungcheong regions. The short Korean name is Jamin-ryeon (Korean: 자민련; ULD).

United Liberal Democrats

FoundedMarch 30, 1995
DissolvedApril 7, 2006
Merged intoPeople First Party
Hannara Party
HeadquartersSeoul, South Korea
IdeologyKorean nationalism
Social conservatism
Political positionRight-wing
United Liberal Democrats
Revised RomanizationJayu Minju Yeonhap
McCune–ReischauerChayu Minju Yŏnhap

The Party was in a government coalition with Kim Dae-jung's Democratic Party from 1998 to 2001.

In the 2004 parliamentary election, it gained only 4 seats in the National Assembly, and its president Kim Jong-pil announced his retirement from politics after his bid for the 10th term in the National Assembly failed. Subsequently, most lawmakers from the party chose to defect from the party to form a new party, People First Party. Kim Hak-won, the only remaining lawmaker of the party who was also the president of the party then, announced the merger of the party with the main opposition Grand National Party on February 20, 2006.

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  1. ^ Bluth, Christoph (2008), Korea, Polity, p. 104
  2. ^ Helgesen, Geir (2002), "Imported democracy: The South Korean experience", Globalization and Democratization in Asia, Routledge, p. 90
  3. ^ Bluth, Christoph (2011), Crisis on the Korean Peninsula, Potomac Books, p. 89

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