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Kim Jong Un "re-elected" as North Korean leader

Published on Apr 9, 2014 1:05 PM
 
Kim Jong Un was "re-elected" as North Korea's leader on Wednesday, state media said, as parliament opened a session expected to endorse personnel changes after the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (AFP) - Kim Jong Un was "re-elected" as North Korea's leader on Wednesday, state media said, as parliament opened a session expected to endorse personnel changes after the shock execution of his once-powerful uncle.

Mr Kim was reaffirmed as First Chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) by the new parliament, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

The rubber-stamp assembly - the first under the leadership of Mr 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.

 
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