Justice Party (South Korea)

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Not to be confused with Democratic Justice Party.
Justice Party
Leader Sim Sang-jung (standing)
Na Gyung-che
Floor Leader Roh Hoe-chan
Founded 21 October 2012 (2012-10-21)
Merger of People's Conference
Labor Politics Coalition
Elements of the Labor Party
Split from Unified Progressive Party
Headquarters 7, Gukhoe-daero 70-gil, Yeongdeungpo District, Seoul
Membership  (2016) 35,000 [1]
Ideology Reformism[2]
Political position Centre-left[3]
Colours Yellow
Slogan Labor's Hope, Citizen's Dream (노동의 희망, 시민의 꿈, Nodongi himang, simini kkum)
Seats in the National Assembly
6 / 300
Seats within local government
17 / 3,687
Justice Party
Hangul 정의당
Revised Romanization Jeonguidang
McCune–Reischauer Chŏngŭidang

The Justice Party (정의당) is a progressive political party in South Korea. It was founded on 21 October 2012 as a split off from the Unified Progressive Party.


The party changed its name from "Progressive Justice Party" to "Justice Party" at the 2nd party congress on 16 July 2013.[4] At the 4th party congress on 22 November 2015, the party officially merged with extra-parliamentary groups: Preparatory Committee for the People's Party (2015), Solidarity for Labor Politics, and Jinbo Plus, which composed of members defected from the Labor Party, after motions to merge the party with the Justice Party failed.

After the merger, Na Gyung-che, leader of the Jinbo Plus, and Kim Se-kyun, leader of Preparatory Committee for the People's Party, were elevated to co-leadership role, while Sim Sang-jung remained as a standing party leader.[5] Kim Se-kyun stepped down from the co-leadership in September 2016.

In the legislative election held in April 2016, the party increased their seat total by one, with the election of Roh Hoe-chan to the Seongsan constituency in the city of Changwon. The party polled 7.2% in the party list ballot, returning in total, six legislators to the National Assembly.


Leaders of the Justice Party

  1. Roh Hoe-chan, Jo Jun-ho (co-serving; 21 October 2012 – 21 July 2013)
  2. Cheon Ho-sun (21 July 2013 – 18 July 2015)
  3. Sim Sang-jung (18 July 2015 – 22 November 2015)
  4. Sim Sang-jung (standing), Na Gyung-che (co-serving; 22 November 2015 – present), Kim Se-kyun (co-serving; 22 November 2015 – 30 September 2016)

Leaders in the National Assembly

  1. Kang Dong-won (21 October 2012 – 2 May 2013)
  2. Sim Sang-jung (2 May 2013 – 9 June 2015)
  3. Jeong Jin-hoo (9 June 2015 – 3 May 2016)
  4. Roh Hoe-chan (3 May 2016 – present)

Election results

Legislative elections

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader
6 / 300
1,719,891 / 23,760,977
7.2% Increase 1 seat; Minority Sim Sang-jung

Local elections

Election Metropolitan mayor/Governor Provincial legislature Municipal mayor Municipal legislature Election leader
0 / 17
0 / 789
0 / 226
11 / 2,898
Cheon Ho-sun

See also


  1. ^ http://mnews.jtbc.joins.com/News/Article.aspx?news_id=NB11202401
  2. ^ a b "정의당 강령" [Justice Party platform]. Justice Party. 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  3. ^ "Minor opposition party picks Rep. Shim Sang-jung as new chief". Yonhap News. 2015-07-18. Retrieved 2017-01-02. 
  4. ^ "제2차 당대회(혁신당대회) 회의자료 및 결과". Justice Party (in Korean). 
  5. ^ "진보 4개 정당·단체 통합 '정의당' 출범". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). 22 November 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2016. 

External links

  • Official website
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