N. Korean ruling party to elect new leaders
SEOUL, June 26: North Korea's ruling communist party said Saturday it
would convene a meeting of party representatives in September to elect
new leaders, Pyongyang's official media reported.
The session would be "for electing its (the party's) highest leading
body," said an announcement carried by the North's Korean Central News
It will be only the third such meeting of the ruling Workers' Party
of Korea (WPK) since the communist state was founded in 1948 and would
likely designate leader Kim Jong-Il's son as his political heir, an
"The Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee decides to convene
early in September, Juche 99 (the year 2010), a conference of the WPK
for electing its highest leading body," KCNA said.
"We are now faced with the sacred revolutionary tasks to develop the
WPK... into an eternal glorious party of (North Korea's deceased
founding father) Kim Il-Sung and further increase its militant function
and role to glorify the country as a great prosperous and powerful
socialist nation," it said.