Democratic Party (South Korea, 2000)

"Millennium Democratic Party" redirects here. For the party in East Timor, see Millennium Democratic Party (East Timor).
Democratic Party
Founded 20 January 2000
Dissolved 27 June 2007
Merger of National Congress for New Politics and New People Party
Succeeded by Uri Party and Democratic Party (2007)
Headquarters 25-4, Yeouido-dong, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul
Ideology Liberalism
Sunshine Policy
International affiliation None
Colours Green, yellow (informally)
Democratic Party
Hangul 민주당
Revised Romanization Minjudang
McCune–Reischauer Minjutang
Millennium Democratic Party
Hangul 새천년민주당
Revised Romanization Saecheonnyeon Minjudang
McCune–Reischauer Saech'eonnyŏn Minjutang

The Democratic Party was a political party of South Korea, formerly called the Millennium Democratic Party (MDP; 새천년민주당; Saecheonnyeon Minjudang), it changed its name to the present form on May 6, 2005.


In 2000, the party officially founded, after it merged of National Congress for New Politics and New People Party led by Rhee In-je and a number of conservative minded politicians joined it. In the 2000 Parliamentary election the party came second winning 115 seats.

Roh Moo-hyun was elected as president in 2002, but he subsequently left the party after he inaugurated as president and his supporters formed the Uri Party in 2003.

The MDP lost majority when Roh was impeached in March 2004 by the National Assembly for illegal electioneering and incompetence charges with support from the Grand National Party, losing 53 seats to a total of only 9 seats in the 2004 parliamentary election. Roh Moo-hyun was later re-instated by the Constitutional Court, and served as president until the end of his term.

By June 2007 Much of the party member joined the Uri Party while the New People faction form the new Democratic Party.

Presidential election primary


This is a list of official pre-registered candidates that declared their 2007 presidential bid.

Name Occupation Results Notes
Cho Sun-hyeong(조순형) Member for Seongbuk-gu-eul led the impeachment of Roh Moo-hyun in 2004
Kim Min-seok(김민석) Former Assembly member Former Seoul mayoral candidate in 2002 local body election(when Lee Myung Bak was elected that position)
Lee In-je(이인제) Member for Nonsan, Geumsan and Gyeryung Presidential candidate of election 1997
Shin Guk-hwan(신국환) Member for Munkyeong and Yecheon Former Minister of Commerce, Industry and Energy of Roh's Administration
Jang Sang(장 상) Former leader of Democratic party Former president of Ewha Womans University

Election results

Presidential elections

Election Candidate Total votes Share of votes Outcome Party Name
2002 Roh Moo-hyun 12,014,277 48.9% Elected Green tick Millennium Democratic Party

Legislative elections

Election Total seats won Total votes Share of votes Outcome of election Election leader Party Name
115 / 299
6,780,625 35.9% Increase36 seats; Plurality Government Kim Dae-jung Millennium Democratic Party
9 / 299
1,510,178 7.1% Decrease53 seats; Minority Choug Soon-hyung Millennium Democratic Party

Local elections

Election Metropolitan mayor/Governor Provincial legislature Municipal mayor Municipal legislature Party Name
4 / 16
143 / 682
44 / 227
Millennium Democratic Party
2 / 16
80 / 733
20 / 230
276 / 2,888
Democratic Party (2000)

See also


  1. Kim Yeong-hwan announced not to run, Yonhap, Retrieved on August 31, 2007

External links

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