N. Korean leader elected deputy to rubber-stamp legislature

By 정주원
  • Published : Mar 10, 2014 - 15:12
  • Updated : Mar 10, 2014 - 15:12
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was elected to a new rubber-stamp legislature, the country's state media reported Monday, a day after elections that could provide a rare glimpse of a power shift under Kim's leadership.

All the voters of Kim's constituency voted for Kim, the Korean Central News Agency said in a dispatch, citing election results of the Central Election Committee.

The dispatch said Kim's election demonstrated soldiers and people's "absolute support and profound trust" in their young leader, who took over the country in December 2011 following the death of his father, long-time leader Kim Jong-il.

Kim ran for a seat in the Mount Paektu Constituency No. 111, the highest peak on the Korean Peninsula, which Pyongyang claims as the sacred birthplace of Kim's late father.

Historians and foreign officials have said Kim Jong-il was born in Russia, though North Korea's propaganda machine uses Mount Paektu when it refers to the country's royal bloodline.

The dispatch did not give any details on other elected members of the rubber-stamp parliament, called the Supreme People's Assembly. The previous SPA had a membership of 687 deputies.

Analysts have said North Korea is expected to use the elections as an opportunity to eliminate or sideline supporters of Jang Song-thaek, leader Kim Jong-un's once-powerful uncle who was executed in December on charges of treason. (Yonhap)