South Korea

Democratic Unity Party

Published 16th February, 2012

The Democratic Unity Party or DUP (until February 2012 it was known as the Democratic United Party) was founded on 15th December 2011. The DUP is a merger of the Democratic Party (DP) and the Citizen’s Unity Party (CUP). Prior to that, in 2007 the merger of the Uri Party (YUP) (itself partly a faction from the Millennium Democratic Party; MDP) and the United New Democratic Party (UNDP) led to the Democratic Party. The roots of all these parties can be traced back to 1995 and the formation of the National Congress for New Politics (NCNP).

The Democratic Unity Party describes itself as centre-left and believes in Korean Liberalism and progressivism.

Following the 2008 general election, the Democratic Unity Party currently holds 81 of the 299 seats in the National Congress and is the second largest party after the New World Party (Grand National Party).

It is worth noting that the current Chairperson of the party, Han Myeong-sook, was the Uri Party prime minister (and South Korea’s first woman prime minister) between April 2006 and March 2007.

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