Backgrounder: Basic facts about the DPRK's ruling party

11:39, September 28, 2010      

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The Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), the ruling party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), is set to hold a major conference on Tuesday, the first of its kind in 44 years.

The conference is expected to elect the ruling party's highest leading body. Delegates are expected to discuss and determine policies and personnel changes of the party.

The party has previously held two such conferences, one in March 1958 and the other in October 1966. The upcoming conference will be the third one in the party's history.

Led by Kim Il Sung, the people and army of Korea recovered their homeland as Japan's occupation ended on Aug. 15, 1945.

After Japan's surrender, U.S. forces began to deploy troops in the areas south of the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula on Sept. 8, 1945, thus dividing the peninsula into two parts.

Two months later, the WPK was founded, on Oct. 10, 1945, in Pyongyang. According to the party's charter, the WPK makes raising people's living standards its highest priority, with the ultimate goal of building a communist country.

On Sept. 9, 1948, the DPRK was founded and Kim Il Sung was elected leader of the country.

The DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Il started his job at the Central Committee of the WPK in June 1964. He was elected general secretary of the ruling party in October 1997.

The WPK's official daily newspaper is the Rodong Sinmun, and its official monthly is the Kunroja (The Workers).

Source: Xinhua


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