|During the party congress, the North revised the ruling party's rules to reinstate the secretariat that was scrapped in 2016 and elected its leader Kim Jong-un as general secretary of the party. (Photo by= North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)|
[Asia News Communication = Reporter Reakkana] North Korea plans to convene a parliamentary session in Pyongyang over the weekend in an apparent bid to follow up on decisions made during a recent ruling party congress, state media said Wednesday.
The North is set to hold a session of its rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) on Sunday, after it wrapped up the eighth congress of the ruling Workers' Party on Tuesday, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). The SPA is the highest organ of power under the constitution, but it rubber-stamps decisions by the ruling party. It usually holds a plenary session in March or April to deal mainly with budget and cabinet reshuffles.
"The 4th Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea will be convened in Pyongyang on January 17," KCNA said. At the session, the North will discuss its latest organizational reshuffle and the adoption of a law on its five-year economic plan, as well as the issue of this year's state budget. The North also reshuffled its party members and called for a more "desperate struggle" to fulfill a new five-year development plan put forth during the party congress.