May 9, 2016 / 11:03 AM / 2 years ago

North Korea leader Kim becomes chairman of ruling Workers' Party: NHK

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has been first secretary of the ruling party, became chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea at a rare party congress held in Pyongyang, Japan’s public broadcaster NHK reported on Monday.

Newspapers with pictures of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un addressing the ruling Workers' Party congress are placed inside one of halls of the Kim Jong Suk Pyongyang textile mill during a government organised visit for foreign reporters in Pyongyang, North Korea May 9, 2016. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

The first congress of the Workers’ Party in 36 years, which opened on Friday, was scheduled to promote Kim to the “top post” of the party, according to state media.

Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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