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In pictures: Pyongyang as North Korea's highest political gathering begins

A North Korean man walks out of an underpass while seen framed by the Workers' Party flags, in front of the April 25 House of Culture, the venue for the 7th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea on Friday, 6 May 2016, in Pyongyang, North Korea. Image copyright AP
Image caption The congress is being held at the April 25 House of Culture

Rainy Pyongyang has come to a standstill as the rare North Korean ruling party congress begins, seen as a way for leader Kim Jong-un to cement his hold on power in the secretive country.

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Image caption Floral decorations for the congress dot Pyongyang
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Image caption North Korean and propaganda flags are a common decorative feature near the venue, and security is tight
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Image caption Streets in Pyongyang are being fastidiously scrubbed
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Image caption There is sparse traffic on the roads surrounding the hall
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Image caption Buses are among the few vehicles allowed on the roads near the venue
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Image caption Crowds have gathered at Kim Il-sung Square near the iconic Juche tower
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Image caption Many are carrying pink and red bouquets
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Image caption The flowers are being placed around the square

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