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N. Korea crowns leader Kim Jong-un as party’s general secretary

Seoul: In a move that further consolidates Kim Jong-un’s power ‘The Workers’ Party of Korea’ has endorsed him as the general secretary, said the state news agency Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) on Monday.

The election took place at the sixth-day session of the ongoing party Congress in Pyongyang on Sunday.

A report by KCNA spelt out a statement from the Congress

“The 8th Congress … unanimously adopted a decision on electing Kim Jong-un as general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea in reflection of the unanimous will and desire of all the delegates and other Party members, all the people and service personnel of the People’s Army,”.

The general secretary title had been previously held by Kim’s late predecessors, his grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il.

Since Kim took office following his father’s death in 2011, North Korea has called Kim Jong-il the “eternal general secretary” of the party and Kim Il-sung the “eternal president” of North Korea.

Defying expectations Kim’s younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, was not included as an alternate member of the party’s powerful political bureau at the congress.

Kim, previously an alternate member of the politburo, was expected by North Korea watchers to be promoted to a higher position as she appeared to have undertaken a prominent role in key issues.

Senior party official Jo Yong-won, who has often been spotted accompanying the leader during his trips last year, was promoted to a member of the presidium of the political bureau, this is one of the most powerful positions, it is held by only five people in the country including leader Kim.


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