Party for Democracy and Peace

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Party for Democracy and Peace
Leader Chung Dong-young
Floor leader Jang Byung-wan
Secretary General Hwang Ju-hong
Chairman of the Policy Planning Committee Yoon Young-il
Founded 6 February 2018 (2018-02-06)[1] (de facto)
7 February 2018 (2018-02-07)[2] (de jure)
Split from People's Party[1]
Ideology Pacifism
Political position Centre to centre-left
Parliamentary group Peace and Justice
Seats in the National Assembly
14 / 300
Metropolitan mayor and Gubernatorial
0 / 17
Municipal Mayors
5 / 226
Seats within local government
51 / 3,750
Party for Democracy and Peace
Hangul 민주평화당
Hanja 民主平和黨
Revised Romanization Minjupyeonghwadang
McCune–Reischauer Minjup'yŏnghwadang
Headquarters of
Party for Democracy and Peace

The Party for Democracy and Peace (Korean: 민주평화당) is a liberal[1] political party in South Korea.


The party was founded by People's Party dissidents who were in a faction that was closely associated with late former President Kim Dae-jung.[4]

Plans for the new party came about following a decision by People's Party leader Ahn Cheol-soo and Bareun Party leader Yoo Seong-min to merge their respective parties in January 2018 that would go onto form the Bareunmirae Party.[5] The initial announcement was called "hasty" for being presented before votes were cast among each respective parties' members.[5] This plan for merging the centrist People's Party with the center-right Bareun Party faced opposition within the People's Party, especially with lawmakers from North and South Jeolla which noted to be liberal-leaning provinces.[5]

On 28 January, sixteen lawmakers from the People's Party, including former floor leader and party leader Park Jie-won as well as Chung Dong-young announced their plans to form what is now the Party for Democracy and Peace.[4]

On 31 March, the party confirmed that it would form a parliamentary group with the Justice Party called the Lawmakers for Peace and Justice.[6] The parliamentary group was officially registered on 2 April. [7]

Local elections

Election Metropolitan mayor/Governor Provincial legislature Municipal mayor Municipal legislature Election leader
0 / 17
3 / 824
5 / 226
48 / 2,927
Cho Bae-sook

See also


  1. ^ a b c Jo, He-rim (6 February 2018). "People's Party defectors launch new liberal party". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
  2. ^ "정당등록현황". National Election Commission. Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  3. ^ "민주평화당發 '민평-정의 공동교섭단체론'…순항할까". Naver. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  4. ^ a b Jo, He-rim (28 January 2018). "People's Party dissenters establish preparation committee for new party". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Choi, Ha-young (18 January 2018). "Two minor parties declare merger". The Korea Times. Retrieved 6 February 2018.
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