Somewhere in Babylon
- Jan 12, 2010
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- Political Leaning
North Korea's ruling party will hold its first conference in a generation on 28 September, state media reports say, amid speculation that leader Kim Jong-il is about to name his successor.
The Workers Party is widely expected to promote Mr Kim's third son, Kim Jong-un, to a senior position.
Observers believe a promotion would anoint him as the heir to his father, the self-styled Dear Leader.
Mr Kim, 68, is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008.
The Korean Central News Agency carried a short statement early on Tuesday announcing the party meeting.
"The conference of the WPK [Workers Party of Korea] for electing its supreme leadership body will take place in Pyongyang on 28 September," the statement said.
The announcement ends weeks of speculation about the date of the meeting, which is believed to have been delayed several times.
Kim Jong-il was promoted at a previous conference in 1980, which at the time was seen as confirmation that he would succeed his father, Kim Il-sung.
BBC News - North Korea names date for leadership summit
Long thought, that Kim Jong-un would be the successor, to carry on the faux-pas, murderous, "communist" regime.
I have studied North Korea very much, and to even try to get to the bottom of it's absolutely insane government, and actions, one can only trace it back to the cult of personality head Kim Jong Il...
Delusional, corrupt and self aggrandized moron.
Reading what I've read, there are many pragmatists in the North Korean Hiearchy that could open things up a little, and perhaps end this petty regime. Should Kim Jong-Un take power, I can only hope either he has a change of heart from his father, or that his leadership is weak, and allows the pragmatists to change things.
For one reason, and one reason alone. The peoples sake.
North Koreans are the most oppressed people in the world, hands down.
I hope for their freedom.
All deserve freedom.