WPK, United Party of Working Masses

Pyongyang, August 30 (KCNA) — It was in August Juche 35 (1946) that the Workers’ Party of Korea was inaugurated through the merger of the Communist Party of North Korea and the New Democratic Party of Korea in accordance with a policy of building a mass party put forward by President Kim Il Sung.

After the liberation of the country (1945), there were the Communist Party and the New Democratic Party, another party of working masses, in the north of Korea.

The internal and external enemies and reactionaries made vicious efforts to disintegrate the ever growing democratic forces from within and to attain their wild political ambition.

To cope with the prevailing situation, the President advanced the policy of founding the Workers’ Party of Korea, the only vanguard of the working people, through the merger of the Communist Party with the New Democratic Party.

In line with the policy, an enlarged joint meeting of the Central Committees of the Communist Party of North Korea and the New Democratic Party of Korea was convened on July 29, Juche 35 (1946), at which a declaration of merging the two parties was made public.

The work of merging the two parties was smoothly wound up in a month under the guidance of the President and the historic inaugural congress of the Workers’ Party of North Korea was held in Pyongyang from August 28 to 30.

Participating in the congress were more than 800 people representing 276,000-odd communists and 90,000-odd New Democrats. And more than 100 representatives of other political parties and public organizations were present there as observers.

The President delivered a historic report “For the Establishment of a United Party of the Working Masses”.

In the report, he clarifies the necessity of the establishment of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the goal, nature and duty of the Party and sets forth tasks for developing it.

The inaugural congress examined the drafts of the Party’s program and rules, and unanimously adopted a decision on merging the two parties.

It also decided to rename Jongro, the Party’s organ, Rodong Sinmun and to found its politico-theoretical magazine Kunroja.

The congress elected Central Committee of the Party headed by the President.

The appearance of the Workers’ Party strengthened the alliance of the workers, peasants and intellectuals, raised the leading role of the working class and consolidated the foundation of the democratic national united front.

It was a fine fruition and great victory of President Kim Il Sung’s outstanding idea on building a mass party.

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