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SEOUL: Kim Jong-un was “re-elected” as North Korea’s leader, state media said, as parliament met in a session closely watched for power shifts in the secretive regime following the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle.
The new parliament is expected to endorse personnel changes that observers say are likely to affect a number of officials linked to his “traitor” uncle Jang Song-thaek, once the North’s unofficial number two and Kim’s political mentor.
Kim was reaffirmed as First Chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) by the new parliament, in a show of “absolute support and trust of all service personnel and people in him”, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said yesterday.
The rubber-stamp assembly – the first under the leadership of Kim who took over from his father in December 2011 – gathered after North Koreans last month cast ballots in pre-determined elections where all candidates were unopposed.
Upon his re-election, “all the deputies and participants in the session broke into stormy cheers of ‘hurrah!’, extending the highest glory and warmest congratulations to him,” KCNA said.
Kim also serves as first secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea and supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army, but his re-election as head of the top military body confers upon him ultimate power in the state.
On Tuesday, top party leaders met to decide on personnel changes at the head of the regime in the aftermath of the execution of Jang, who was purged last December.
The session of the parliament, the Supreme People’s Assembly, is being closely watched for glimpses into power shifts within the reclusive regime.
Kim led Tuesday’s meeting of the ruling party’s high-level political bureau, which discussed “reinforcing” the party’s organisation in order to boost its “leadership role and function”, KCNA said.
Yesterday’s opening parliamentary session comes after “elections” last month in which single candidates – approved by the political elite – stood uncontested.
Kim notably managed a perfect turnout in his own constituency.
Analysts say the changes may affect the powerful NDC chaired by Kim, in which Jang served as vice-chairman.
Several other military leaders – such as defence minister Jang Jong-nam and Ri Yong-gil, chief of the military’s general staff – are likely to take seats at the NDC, replacing Jang and his suspected associate, former police chief Ri Myong-su. — AFP
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