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Cha Myong-jin


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Cha Myong-jin (Korean: 차명진, born 14 August 1959) is a South Korean activist[1][2] and politician from Liberty Korea Party (LKP). He served as a member of National Assembly from 2006 to 2012[3] at Sosa District of Bucheon, and also used to be the deputy parliamentary leader and spokesperson of Grand National Party, the predecessor of Liberty Korea Party.

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In this Korean name, the family name is Cha.
Cha Myong-jin


Member of the National Assembly
In office
27 July 2006  29 May 2012
Preceded by Kim Moon-soo
Succeeded by Kim Sang-hui
Constituency BucheonSosa
Personal details
Born (1959-08-14) 14 August 1959 (age 62)
Seoul, South Korea
Citizenship South Korean
Political party Independent
Other political
Popular Party(1989-1992)
Democratic Liberal Party(1994-1995)
New Korea Party(1995-1997)
Grand National Party(1997-2012)
Saenuri Party(2012-2017)
Liberty Korea Party(2017-2020)
United Future(2020)
Spouse(s) Seo Myong-hui
Alma mater Seoul National University
Occupation Activist, politician

Cha is a controversial figure accused of various hate speeches,[4][5][6] as an example when he criticized the families of the victims of MV Sewol tragedy using harsh words.[4][7][8][9]

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Cha was born in Seoul in 1959[3] and attended for Yongmoon High School[3] nearby Korea University.[10] He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Diplomacy and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Seoul National University.[3] His father was a refugee from North Korea.[1]

He was detained by the Agency for National Security Planning during the early 1980s and conscripted to Gangwon.[1][11] After being discharged, he joined a labour movement[1] where he met Kim Moon-soo, the leader of the labour movement who later became the Governor of Gyeonggi as well as whom he built a close relationship with him.[1][2] He then became a member of Seoul Labour Movement Union following Kim, and subsequently led its Central Committee following the detention of Kim.[1] During this time, he met Seo Myong-hui, also graduated from Seoul National University,[1] and married in 1988.[12]

Kim Moon-soo, former Governor of Gyeonggi Province that Cha used to aid.

Cha started his political career from the left-wing Popular Party[1] in 1989 as the party’s chief in Guro 1st constituency. The party participated in legislative election in 1992 where it gained no seats[1] and therefore was deregistered under the then electoral law abolished in 2014. According to JoongAng Ilbo, his ideology was shifted to right,[2] from Marxism to social democracy, then capitalism during this time.[1] Same went for Kim and both joined the right-leaning Democratic Liberal Party in 1994.[1] Cha subsequently became an aide to Kim following the Kim’s election in 1996.[1][3][11] He also assisted Lee Hoi-chang, the former presidential candidate and the Chairman of the now-defunct Grand National Party (GNP), as well as Sohn Hak-kyu, the ex-Governor of Gyeonggi and the predecessor of Kim.

Cha ran as the MP candidate for BucheonSosa following the resignation of Kim running for Gyeonggi governorship.[1][11] He defeated Kim Man-soo of the ruling Uri Party with a high margin.[13] He then became the deputy parliamentary leader of his party.[14] He served as the GNP spokesman after his victory in 2008 election.[15]

He became well known for 2 issues in 2010, one for known as “Emperor’s meal”[16][15] and the another was when he brought an elaphe schrenckii into the National Assembly building.[17]

Cha lost to Kim Sang-huiin 2012.[18][11] He ran for the same constituency against him in 2016, but also defeated.[19][11] He opposes LGBT rights.[20][21]

On 1 July 2019, Cha declared to withdraw his endorsement towards Hwang Kyo-ahn, the-then President of the LKP, for “praising” the Trump-Kim-Moon DMZ meeting.[22]

On 20 August 2020, it was announced that Cha tested positive for COVID-19 after having attended an anti-government rally on 15 August.[23]

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