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DPRK - Local Government

North Korea is divided into nine provinces (do)Chagang, North Hamgyang, South Hamgyang, North Hwanghae, South Hwanghae, Kangwan, North Pyangan, South Pyangan, and Yanggang; two province-level municipalities (chikalsi or jikhalsi) Pyangyang and NajinSanbong; and one special city (tukpyalsi)Nampo. Other cities are under provincial control.

There are three levels of local government. The first level includes provinces (do) and province-level municipalities (chikalsi or jikhalsi). The second level includes ordinary cities (si or shi), urban districts (kuyak), and counties (gun or kun). The third level is made up of traditional villages (ri, or ni). Cities are subdivided into wards (gu), and some cities and wards are subdivided into neighborhoods (dong), the lowest level of urban government to have its own office and staff.

Each administrative division has its own regional peoples assembly. Local People's Assemblies are "Provincial (or municipality directly under the central authority), municipal (district), and county local peoples assemblies are local sovereign power organs. The LPA consists of deputies elected on the principle of universal, equal and direct suffrage by secret ballot.

Local People's Committees are Provincial (or municipality directly under the central authority), municipal (district), and county local peoples committees are local sovereign power organs when the corresponding LPAs are in recess, and are administrative executive organs of local sovereignty.

The term of office of the peoples assembly of the province (or municipality directly under central authority), city (or district) and county is four years. Officials leading these various levels of government are elected by local Korean Workers Party (KWP) committees, local peoples assemblies, and local administrative committees. Local peoples assemblies at all levels perform the same symbolic legislative duties as the Supreme Peoples Assembly (SPA).

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