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N. Korea to hold key parliamentary meeting on Sept. 26By Yonhap
Published : Aug. 31, 2023 - 10:18
North Korea plans to convene a key parliamentary meeting next month to mainly discuss organizational matters, state media said Thursday, amid speculation that the country might replace its premier over flood damage.
The standing committee of the Supreme People's Assembly decided the previous day to hold the ninth session of the 14th SPA on Sept. 26, according to the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
The upcoming session will discuss organizational matters and the issue of examining and adopting various laws, including those on ensuring the rights of disabled persons and irrigation, the report said.
The SPA is the highest organ of state power under the North's constitution, but it actually only rubber-stamps decisions by the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.
The announcement came after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un strongly berated the country's premier, Kim Tok-hun, and the Cabinet last week over their "irresponsible" attitude in failing to prevent flood damage and "spoiling" the country's economic plans.
Kim's sharp-worded comments fueled speculation that he may replace the premier, who was appointed to the post in 2020, and reshuffle the Cabinet.
During Wednesday's meeting, participants also discussed a law on tourism including "revitalizing domestic tourism and expanding international tourism simultaneously," in a sign that the North may be preparing to accept foreign tourists soon.
After resuming flights to China and Russia following more than three years of strict virus restrictions earlier this month, the North recently lifted an entry ban imposed on its citizens staying abroad over COVID-19 concerns. (Yonhap)
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