North Korea to stage first party congress on May 6

    North Korea to stage first party congress on May 6

    April 27, Seoul: North Korea’s ruling Workers Party is to hold its first congress in nearly 40 years next month. The ruling Workers' Party, led by Kim, decided Tuesday to open its 7th congress in Pyongyang on May 6, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

    It will be the first time the congress, the highest-level decision-making party organ, will be held since 1980, when Kim's late dictator father Kim Jong Il was awarded a slew of top jobs in a confirmation that he was in line to succeed his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung.

    It will be closely watched for signs of major policy shifts, movement among senior officials or comment on North Korea's nuclear programme. It comes as North Korea is believed to be preparing a fifth nuclear test.

    North Korea has often timed its controversial tests to coincide with big political occasions. Its fourth test, in January, was followed by the launch of a satellite, media reports said.

    Both were violations of existing sanctions and resulted in the UN imposing further measures limiting trade and contact with the North. The last North Korean congress was in October 1980, before the current leader Mr Kim was born.

    It lasted four days and among other issues saw Kim Jong-il formally named as the intended successor to then leader Kim Il-sung.

    Expectation has been growing for months that the leadership was about to announce the seventh congress.

    The Oslo Times


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