People's Party (South Korea)

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People's Party
Leader Park Ju-seon
Floor leader Kim Dong-cheol
Founded February 2, 2016 (2016-02-02)
Split from New Politics Alliance for Democracy[1]
Headquarters 38, Yilsan Building, 16th Floor, Mapo-daero Mapo-gu Seoul, 121-701
Ideology Liberalism[2] (South Korea)
Slogan Bold change is beginning! (담대한 변화가 시작됩니다!; Damdaehan byeonhwa-ga sijakdoemnida!)
Seats in the National Assembly
40 / 300
Municipal mayors and governors
0 / 17
People's Party
Hangul 국민의당
Hanja 國民의黨
Revised Romanization Gungminui Dang
McCune–Reischauer Kungminŭi Tang

The People's Party (Hangul국민의당; Hanja國民의黨; RRGungminui Dang) is a political party in South Korea established on 10 January 2016. The party was established by Ahn Cheol-soo, and was officially founded on 2 February 2016.[5]

Other members of the People's Party include Assembly members Moon Byeong-ho, Kim Dong-cheol, Park Jie-won, Chun Jung-bae, and Hwang Ju-hong.[6]


The People's Party was mainly created by Ahn, who had previously run as an independent in the 2012 Korean presidential election, then failed to gain traction in leading the New Politics Alliance for Democracy (NPAD). After a fallout in the NPAD with fellow party leader Moon Jae-in, Ahn then established a party of his own accord, as originally intended in 2012, that came to be called the People's Party.

The party made a strong showing, picking up 38 seats in the National Assembly, thus exceeding the expectations of various media outlets. Ahn resigned his chairmanship along with co-leader Chun Jung-bae a few months later, however, due to a corruption scandal involving three other party members who accepted kickbacks from public relations companies associated with the party.[7]

Party leadership


  1. Ahn Cheol-soo, Chun Jung-bae (co-serving; 2 February 2016 – 29 July 2016)
    • Park Jie-won as head of Emergency Planning Committee (30 July 2016 – 2 December 2016)
    • Kim Dong-cheol as head of Emergency Planning Committee (2 December 2016 – 15 January 2017)
  2. Park Jie-won (15 January 2017 – 10 May 2017)
    • Joo Seung-yong as the Interim leader (10 May 2017 – 16 May 2017)
    • Kim Dong-cheol as the Interim leader (16 May 2017 – 26 May 2017)
    • Park Ju-seon as head of Emergency Planning Committee (26 May 2017 – present)

Assembly leaders (Floor leaders)

  1. Joo Seung-yong (2 February 2016 – 27 April 2016)
  2. Park Jie-won (27 April 2016 – 29 December 2016)
  3. Joo Seung-yong (29 December 2016 – 16 May 2017)
  4. Kim Dong-cheol (16 May 2017 – present)

Electoral performance

Presidential elections

Election Candidate Total votes Share of votes Outcome
2017 Ahn Cheol-soo 6,998,342 21.41% Defeated Red XN

Legislative elections

Election Total seats won Total votes Vote share Outcome of election Leader
38 / 300
6,355,572 26.7% Increase 18 seats; Minority Ahn Cheol-soo
Chun Jung-bae


  1. ^ "Former PM to run for parliamentary seat as independent". Yonhap News. 15 March 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016. The People's Party that broke away from the New Politics Alliance for Democracy... 
  2. ^ "Liberal People’s Party welcomes 20th member". Korea JoongAng Daily. 17 March 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "Ahn's popularity baffles parties". The Korea Times. 5 April 2016. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  4. ^ New Third Party Stuns Mainstream in South Korea’s Elections.
    'Analysts say his bloc could emerge as a centrist party that caters better to the youth across the spectrum who are fed up with corruption between big chaebol conglomerates and unrelatable politicians'.
    The Diplomat.
    Author - Elaine Ramirez.
    Published 14 April 2016. Retrieved 10 Dember 2016.
  5. ^ "안철수 신당, '국민의당'으로 당명 확정" (in Korean). OhmyNews. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Ahn names new party People’s Party". The Korea Herald. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ "People's Party falls into crisis as Ahn resigns". koreatimes. 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2017-01-06. 
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