Fourth Day of the WPK Congress: Kim Jong-un becomes the Party Chairman

North Korea’s ruling-party congress on Monday announced a new title for Kim Jong Un — party chairman. Kim Jong-un had already been head of the party, but with the title of first secretary.

Officially bringing more people into his inner circle, Kim Jong-un filled two vacancies on the powerful Presidium of the party’s central committee. Senior party official Choe Ryong Hae regained a seat that he had lost; once considered Kim Jong Un’s No. 2, he had been briefly banished to a rural collective farm last year for re-education.

Ri Tuk Nam
On the first row we see the former North Leadership. Starting from left: Yang Hyong-sop, Kim Ki-nam, Pak Pong-ju (the North Korean Prime Minister) and Kim Yong-nam (88 years, secretary of the SPA-the North Korean assembly). At the top of the picture on the left side, we notice the presence of Ri Tuk-nam (deputy chair of the Party Control Commission). Source: Rodong Sinmun

Premier Pak Pong Ju was also named to the Presidium. Other members are Kim Jong Un himself; Kim Yong Nam, who as parliament leader is the country’s nominal head of state; and Hwang Pyong So, the top political officer of the Korean People’s Army. Kim Yong Nam, 88, stayed on despite speculation from North Korea-watchers that he might lose his position because of his age.

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Nicolas Levi

Analyst on North Korean issues

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