Backgrounder: Key facts about DPRK ruling party conference

12:27, 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 to hold a major conference on Tuesday.

The conference, the first of its kind in 44 years, is expected to elect the ruling party's highest leading body, as well as discuss and decide the routes, policies and personnel changes of the party.

The Rodong Sinmun, the WPK's official newspaper, said in its Sept. 23 report that to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the founding of the WPK and to further develop and strengthen the party, as well as to improve the party's effectiveness, the Political Bureau of the WPK's Central Committee decided to hold the conference.

According to the charter of the WPK, the Central Committee of the Workers' Party can hold a WPK conference between the party's two national congresses.

The WPK conference can debate and make decisions on urgent issues such as the party's routes, policies, strategies, personnel changes and tactics.

The process of electing party members and the proportion are prescribed by the Central Committee of the WPK.

The DPRK has previously held two WPK conferences -- one in March 1958 and the other in October 1966.

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