It is often wrongly stated or implied that North Korea is a one-party state under the Workers Party of Korea. In fact, North Korea is run by a coalition/popular front of the kind found in much of Eastern Europe (and China) after World War 2.
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History of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland
The Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland, or as it is sometimes known, the Fatherland Front is a popular front formed to govern the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (North Korea). The front was formed in line with other popular fronts that appeared after the Second World War, such as in the GDR
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The front was initially formed on July 22nd, 1946 and whilst it has gone through various changes, it is still the country’s governing force. All candidates for the Supreme Peoples Assembly must be a member of the front.
Members of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland
The following political parties are members of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland:
- Workers Party of Korea (leading party)
- Korean Social Democratic Party
- Chondoist Chong Party
The Following Mass Organizations Are Members of the Fatherland Front:
- Kimilsungist-Kimjongilist Youth League
- Socialist Women’s Union of Korea
- General Federation of Trade Unions of Korea
- Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea
- The Korean Children’s Union
The Anti-Imperialist National Democratic Front is not a member of the Democratic Front for the Reunification of the Fatherland but holds close relations. It is officially a South Korean entity and the only organization from the Republic of Korea to have an office in Pyongyang.
It is considered by many to be the southern equivalent.
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