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North Korea to Convene First Ruling Party Congress in Decades

© AP Photo / TPX IMAGESNorth Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan (R) wave during celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 12, 2015
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (L) and senior Chinese Communist Party official Liu Yunshan (R) wave during celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on October 12, 2015 - Sputnik International
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North Korea’s ruling Workers' Party will hold next year the first congress since 1980, Pyongyang official media said Friday.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) According to the Korean Central News Agency, the seventh congress in the party’s history will convene in May 2016.

The party’s political bureau, cited by the Korean Central News Agency, said that the congress is needed due to a difficult and sacred task faced by the country to increase the pace of building "a thriving socialist nation."

The congress will also be the first held after Kim Jong Un became the leader of the isolated nation in December 2011.

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