People’s Participation Party

Write: 2010-01-19

The People’s Participation Party (PPP) led by the close associates of the late former-President Roh Moo-hyun officially launched Sunday under the banners of regional unity and decentralization of power.
In the inauguration ceremony held at the Jangchung Gymnasium in Seoul the PPP formed party leadership, electing former Unification Minister Lee Jae-joung as the party chairman and adopted the party charter and regulations.

Party Inauguration

The political party is defined as “a political group comprised of people with same political views and aims to take part in the political process in order to realize a certain political ideal.” In principle, anyone can establish a political party without restriction. Nonetheless, the indiscriminate establishment of political parties can disrupt political order and inconvenience the public, ultimately undermining political freedom. This is why Korea has the Political Party Act to regulate party activities.

People’s Participation Party

The People’s Participation Party is a coalition of pro-Roh politicians and his close associates. The party leadership is composed of former presidential spokesmen Chun Ho-sun and Lee Baek-man, former Uri Party representative Kim Yong-dae, former presidential aide Kim Chung-hwan, and Jeju Provincial Councilwoman Oh Ok-man. The party has inherited the late President Roh Moo-hyun’s political ideals – overcoming the regional divide and realizing decentralization. Although the PPP shares the same foundation as the present-day Democratic Party, it has defected from the mother party and independently formed a party, positioning the two parties in a complex love-hate relationship.

Local Elections

The PPP is looking forward to the June local elections to gain a 20% nationwide support rate and win elections in the Seoul metropolitan area and in Jeolla and Gyeongsang Provinces. Specifically, the PPP hopes to see its candidates win mayoral posts in Seoul and surrounding cities and to become the second most popular party in the Jeolla and Gyeongsang regions. However, these goals appear rather unattainable, as its relationship with the Democratic Party remains chilly, and the Grand National Party and the Democratic Party are in control of Gyeongsang Province and Jeolla Province, respectively. However, the PPP has a fighting chance of emerging as a solid political presence if it makes a meaningful impact in the upcoming local election.

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