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Ri Sang Won

 

Chairman of the Yanggang WPK Provincial Committee RI Sang Won presides over a meeting marking the 60th anniversary of study tours at revolutionary battle sites in Samjiyo'n (Photo: Korean Central TV).

Chairman of the Yanggang WPK Provincial Committee RI Sang Won presides over a meeting marking the 60th anniversary of study tours at revolutionary battle sites in Samjiyo’n (Photo: Korean Central TV).

updated June 27, 2016

Ri Sang Won (Ri Sang-wo’n) is the Chairman of the Yanggang (Ryanggang) Workers’ Party of Korea [WPK] Provincial Committee and a member of the WPK Central Committee.  Ri is a deputy (delegate) to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA].

Ri is a former local guidance official and instructor of the WPK Organization Guidance Department.  His first significant position was the chief secretary of the Chunghwa County from 2004 to 2006.  At that time, Chunghwa one of Pyongyang’s suburban counties and presently part of North Hwanghae Province. Ri Sang Won attended a short course at Kim Il Sung Higher Party School during early 2007 and worked in the central party.

In August 2007 Ri Sang Won was appointed chief secretary of the Kaeso’ng WPK City Committee.  He held this position until October 2013.  In November 2013 Ri was appointed chief secretary, now chairman, of the Yanggang WPK Provincial Committee becoming the party’s leading official in the province.  He replaced party elder Kim Hi Taek, a former senior deputy director of the WPK Organization Guidance Department.  Ri was elected a deputy (delegate) to the 13th SPA.  During the 7th Party Congress in May 2016, Ri was elected a member of the WPK Central Committee.

Ri Sang Won

Chairman, Yanggang WPK Provincial Committee

Member, WPK Central Committee

Deputy, Supreme People’s Assembly

2004: Chief Secretary, Chunghwa County WPK Committee

2006: WPK Organization Guidance Department Instructor

2007: Short course, Kim Il Sung Higher Party School

Chief Secretary, Kaeso’ng WPK City Committee

2013: Chief Secretary, Yanggang WPK Provincial Committee

(December) Member, Kim Kuk T’ae Funeral Committee

2014: (March) Elected, deputy, 13th Supreme People’s Assembly

(July) Member, Jon Pyong Ho Funeral Committee

2015: (November) Member, Ri Ul Sol Funeral Committee

(December) Member, Kim Yang Gon Funeral Committee

2016: (May) Elected, Member, WPK Central Committee

Chairman, Yanggang WPK Provincial Committee

(May) Kang Sok Ju Funeral Committee

Compiled from DPRK and ROK open sources; “Kim Jong Un Inspects KPA Air Force Unit #991 and Visits Samjiyo’n,” NK Leadership Watch, December 1, 2013; “Report of the Central Election Committee on the Election Results of deputies to the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly,” Korean Central News Agency (in Korean), March 11, 2014; “State Funeral Committee  for Ri Ul Sol,” Rodong Sinmun (in Korean), November 9, 2015; “State Funeral Committee for Kim Yang Gon,” Rodong Sinmun (in Korean), December 30, 2015; “Fourth and Final Day of the 7th Party Congress,” NK Leadership Watch, May 10, 2016; “WPK Central Committee and WPK Central Auditing Commission Meet,” NK Leadership Watch, May 10, 2016; “State Funeral Committee for Kang Sok Ju,” Rodong Sinmun (in Korean), May 21, 2016

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