N. Korea Fetes Rocket, Kim's Imminent 'Re-Election'

Tens of thousands turn up to celebrate rocket launch
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Apr 8, 2009 11:54 AM CDT
In this photo made off APTN footage, tens of thousands of North Koreans attend a mass rally at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang earlier today.   (AP Photo/APTN)
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(Newser) – Tens of thousands celebrated North Korea’s weekend rocket launch on the streets of Pyongyang today, a day ahead of a meeting in which the communist state’s new parliament is expected to re-elect Kim Jong Il. The satellite launch and the rally are a timed effort to increase support for the ailing leader, analysts tell the BBC.