A new center-left party in Korea officially launched today, with the main opposition Democratic Party merging with the civic group-based Citizen Integration Party and the Federation of Korean Trade Unions.
And to officially declare the birth of the new party, representative figures gathered for a meeting.
The united Democratic Party's tentative co-chairperson Won Hye-young said, the party aims to stress social welfare,improved inter-Korean relations, and new political leadership by the country's younger generation.
Political analysts say the merger was made to raise public support for the opposition bloc ahead of next April's general elections, which would ultimately influence the outcome of next year's presidential race in December.
The new party's leadership elections are slated to be held on January 15th.