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North Korea to hold parliamentary vote in March

Published on Jan 8, 2014 1:21 PM
 
People gather at a rally to exhort the objectives that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un suggested in his New Year speech, at Kim Il-Sung square, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on Jan 6, 2014. North Korea announced on Wednesday elections to its rubber-stamp parliament in March, the first under leader Kim Jong-Un as he seeks to cement his grip on power after purging his uncle. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea announced on Wednesday elections to its rubber-stamp parliament in March, the first under leader Kim Jong-Un as he seeks to cement his grip on power after purging his uncle.

The presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) decided the election - held every five years - would take place on March 9, the North's official KCNA news agency said.

The last parliamentary vote - a highly staged process with only one approved candidate standing for each of the 687 districts - was held in 2009 under the leadership of Mr Kim's father, Kim Jong-Il.

Mr Kim succeeded his father in December 2011, and the March election will be closely watched for any further revelations on the changing power structure in Pyongyang.

 
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