February 2008
Background Notes on Countries of the World: North Korea;Feb2008, p3
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The article offers information on the government and political conditions in North Korea. The country has a centralized government under the rigid control of the communist Korean Workers' Party (KWP), to which all government officials belong. A few minor political parties exist in name only. Following the death of his father, Kim II-sung--who ruled North Korea from 1948 until his death in July 1994, Kim Jong-il inherited supreme power and was named General Secretary of the KWP in October 1997 and Chairman of the National Defense Commission.


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