ELECTION 101: South Korea’s 4/11/2012 National Elections

Elections in South Korea are held on national level to select the President and the National Assembly.

Legislative elections for the National Assembly will be held in South Korea on April 11, 2012 (4/11 2012).

There are four parties leading the upcoming elections:

  • Saenuri Party (새누리당, Saenuri-dang), led by Park Geun-hye. The largest conservative party and incumbent government. Formerly the Grand National Party, the party was renamed in February 2012 after a period of internal crisis in which an Emergency Response Commission assumed control of the party.
  • Democratic United Party (민주통합당, Minju Tonghap-dang), led by Han Myeong-sook. The largest liberal party and principal opposition.
  • Liberty Forward Party (자유선진당, Jayu Seonjin-dang), led by Sim Dae-pyung. The second-largest conservative party, with strong influence in Chungcheong.
  • Unified Progressive Party (통합진보당, Tonghap Jinbo-dang), led jointly by Rhyu Si-min, Lee Jung-hee, and Sim Sang-jeong. A leading left-progressive party.

Other significant parties putting forward candidates include the center-left New Progressive Party and the center-right K Party.

Sources:

Info – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Korean_legislative_election,_2012;  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elections_in_South_Korea

Photos – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Seoul-National.Assembly-01.jpg

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