About South Korean Political Parties
Published 11th March, 2011
Please note that South Korean political parties have a habit of changing their names. Traditionally this was done when a new leader was elected or appointed, but in more recent years it has become the fashion to change the name when the party has been embroiled in a scandal or has become unpopular.
There is also a tradition of like minded parties merging and renaming themselves. Hence any review of past electoral statistics can become very confusing. We have included all previous names for a party in the introduction for each party below.
The two main parties changed their names in early 2012. The Grand National Party (GNP) became the New World Party. The Democratic United Party (DUP) changed its name to the Democratic Unity Party (DUP). We have used the new names for these parties below.