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Seventh Workers' Party Congress kicks off in Pyongyang

Friday, May 06, 2016 - 00:48

The Seventh Workers' Party Congress, the first congress to be held in over 30 years, kicks off in Pyongyang. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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NATURAL ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The Seventh Workers' Party Congress kicked off in Pyongyang on Friday (May 6). The congress started at around 9:00 a.m. local time (0030 GMT) at the April 25th House of Culture, a large congressional hall in central Pyongyang. Signature Workers' Party flags and propaganda advertising the start of the congress could be seen around the capital. Thousands of delegates from around the country will attend, in what is likely to be a highly choreographed show of support for the young leader. Usually suspicious of foreigners, North Korea has invited scores of foreign journalists to cover the congress. The congress is expected to last four or five days, with Kim likely to make an address on the first day to lay out his vision for the country he inherited after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in December 2011, said Cho Bong-hyun who heads research on North Korea's economy at IBK Bank in Seoul. The second and third days are likely to be allocated for discussions based on Kim's remarks, with the party's Central Committee meeting to approve organisational and personnel matters, such as new appointments to the powerful Political Bureau, Cho said.

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Seventh Workers' Party Congress kicks off in Pyongyang

Friday, May 06, 2016 - 00:48