North Korean leader Kim Jong Un presided over a meeting of senior ruling party officials aimed at rooting out corruption and abuses of power ahead of a major congress to be held in May, its state media reported Thursday, calling the gathering the first of its kind.
The meeting this week focused on strengthening the ruling party and criticized “the practices of seeking privileges, misuse of authority, abuse of power and bureaucratism,” according to a report by the Korean Central News Agency.
It is unusual for North Korea’s state-controlled media to make note of such problems within the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, which Kim heads and which has been in power since the founding of North Korea in 1948.
The two-day meeting, which ended Wednesday and was “guided” by Kim, brought together members of the ruling party’s Central Committee and the Party Committee of the Korean People’s Army.
North Korea’s ruling regime, meanwhile, is heavily focused on preparing for the 7th Party Congress, a major event that will be closely watched for signs of new policies or priorities that could provide insights into how Kim — who assumed power after the death of his father, Kim Jong Il, in late 2011 — intends to deal with his country’s economy, domestic political issues and external relations. Read More