North Korea's About To Throw Its Biggest Political Bash In 35 Years
The seventh Workers' Party Congress gives North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a chance to flex his political might.By Matt Picht | May 5, 2016
For the past 70 days, North Korea has been working overtime to prepare Pyongyang for the seventh Workers' Party Congress, a massive gathering of party politicians, which ostensibly sets the country's political agenda.
There hasn't been a meeting like this in over 35 years. The country's leadership has changed hands twice since the last meeting in 1980. Now, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is eager to host a massive show of strength and consolidate political power under him.
To that end, the country's government has imposed harsh controls on its citizens. The so-called "70-day-struggle" features seven-day workweeks, increased government surveillance and restrictions on free movement.