North Korean parliament to convene in late January

6 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

SEOUL: North Korea’s rubber-stamp parliament will hold its next session in late January, state media said Saturday—likely meaning it will convene shortly after US President-elect Joe Biden takes office, reports AFP.

The hermit state’s legislative body meets only once or twice a year, mostly for day-long sessions to approve budgets or other decisions deemed necessary by the ruling Workers’ Party.

“The 4th Session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will be convened in Pyongyang late in January,” the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

It gave no other details, including the session’s agenda. Such meetings are carefully monitored by observers for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high-ranking officials.

At the last meeting of the Supreme People’s Assembly in April of this year, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un carried out a major reshuffle of his State Affairs Commission.