Yong Hye-in, 29, center, the standing representative of a preparatory committee for the establishment of a political party called the Basic Income Party, poses for a group photo with party members during a recent interview with the JoongAng Sunday at her office in Donggyo-dong, western Seoul. [SHIN IN-SEOP]About 7,000 people in their 20s are joining together to not just express their disappointment in the current political parties but declare their intention to establish the Basic Income Party, which as the name implies, focuses on providing citizens with a basic income. The main public pledge of the party is to provide all citizens about 600,000 won ($510) monthly in order to allow them to live “a life worthy of human beings.” The Basic Income Party will become an official political party after it forms contingents in five or more cities or provinces. Each contingent must have at least one thousand members registered as residents in the corresponding districts.The Basic Income Party has been gathering members online and has garnered a total of 7,000 so far. Since its launch in September, between 200 and 300 have applied to become new members of the party every month. The average age of the members… Read full this story
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