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Backgrounder: Key facts about DPRK's ruling party conference

09-21-2010 11:42 BJT

BEIJING, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- The Worker's Party of Korea (WPK), the ruling party of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, has decided to hold a major conference in Sept. 28.

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

According to the charter of the WPK, the Central Committee of the WPK 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, strategy, personnel changes and tactics.

It can dismiss members, alternate members and associate alternate members of the Central Committee of the WPK who fail to fulfill their obligations, and hold a by-election for members, alternate members and associate alternate members of the Central Committee of the WPK.

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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