South Korean legislative election, 2000

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South Korean legislative election, 2000

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All 273 seats to the National Assembly of South Korea
137 seats needed for a majority
Turnout 57.2% (Decrease6.7%)
  Majority party Minority party Third party
  Lee Hoi-chang (2010).jpg Kim Dae-jung (Cropped).png Kim Jong-pil 1999.png
Leader Lee Hoi-chang Kim Dae-jung Kim Jong-pil
Party Grand National Millennium Democratic ULD
Leader since 31 August 1998 20 January 2000 21 March 1995
Leader's seat PR List 1 not contesting
PR List 1
Last election 154 seats (combined) 79 seats 50 seats
Seats won 133 115 17
Seat change Decrease 21 Increase 36 Decrease 33
Popular vote 7,365,359 6,780,625 1,859,331
Percentage 39.0% 35.9% 9.8%

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Parliamentary elections were held in South Korea on 13 April 2000.[1]

Many surveys showed that the Democrats would have more seats and votes, but the result was a victory for the Grand National Party, which won 133 of the 273 seats in the National Assembly. The United Liberal Democrats lost 2/3 of their seats, due to GNP's victory in Gyeongsangbuk-do, Gangwon-do (South Korea), and also fewer local votes in Chungcheong. However, the GNP did not receive a majority, so the 16th parliament became a Hung Parliament, and it was the only parliament in South Korean history — until the 2016 election[2] — that the President's ruling party did not have a majority. So the Millennium Democrats, ULD and even Democratic People's Party (DPP) formed a coalition again to gain a majority, until the ULD withdrew support in 2001. The voter turnout was 57.2%. This election was the first election contested by the Democratic Labour Party, with no seats.


Party Votes % Seats +/–
Grand National Party 7,365,359 39.0 133 –21
Millennium Democratic Party 6,780,625 35.9 115 +36
United Liberal Democrats 1,859,331 9.8 17 –33
Democratic People's Party 695,423 3.7 2 New
Democratic Labor Party 223,261 1.2 0 New
Young Progressive Party 125,082 0.7 0 New
New Korean Party of Hope 77,498 0.4 1 New
Republican Party 3,950 0.02 0 New
Independents 1,774,211 9.4 5 –11
Invalid/blank votes 252,384
Total 19,157,124 100 273 –26
Source: Nohlen et al.


  1. ^ Dieter Nohlen, Florian Grotz & Christof Hartmann (2001) Elections in Asia: A data handbook, Volume II, p420 ISBN 0-19-924959-8
  2. ^ "Korea Elections: A Shocking Eruption of Public Dissatisfaction". The Asia Foundation. 2016-04-27. Retrieved 2016-05-17. 

External links

  • International Foundation for Election Systems election results page
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