South Korea’s Constitutional Court today ordered the dissolution of the Unified Progressive party. It marks the first outlawing of a political party in South Korea since the country adopted its first constitution in 1948.
The 8-1 ruling effectively spelled the immediate demise of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) created in 2011. All five sitting lawmakers of the party also lost their seats, with by-elections slated for April next year. The establishment of an alternative party with similar policies is also prohibited.
The party has been forced to forfeit all state subsidies and its assets have been frozen, according to the National Election Commission.
Chief justice Park Han-cheol said in a live television broadcast that the Constitutional Court has ordered the dissolution of the UPP.
He added that its lawmakers will be stripped of their parliamentary member status.
He said the court came to the conclusion that the UPP’s principles and activities were in violation of the “basic democratic order” of South Korea, which remains technically at war with North Korea.
No other political party has been outlawed by a court decision in the nation’s modern history.
Source: Busan eFM News
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