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In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party
In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party

Weighing free expression versus security concerns, South Korea’s Constitutional Court on Friday made an unprecedented ruling to dissolve a small left-wing party accused of being pro-North Korea. Judges voted 8-1 in favor of disbanding the Unified Progressive Party, a small opposition party that Chief Justice Park Han-chul said was seeking to “undo South Korea’s democratic order” and bring the country under “North Korea-style socialism.” South Korea’s constitution has a clause that allows political parties to be disbanded if they pose a threat to the national order, but it had never been invoked until this case. Park said that the UPP’s...

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