Kim Jong-Un gets a new title

Kim was titled as the chairman of the Worker’s Party, where he was previously the first secretary

Pyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was yesterday given a new title as the chairman of the Workers’ Party at a rare top-level meeting of the ruling party. The country’s de facto head of state Kim Yong-Nam announced the post as foreign journalists briefly watched proceedings at the party congress.

33-year-old Kim Jong-Un is the third generation of the dynasty that has ruled North Korea since its founding in 1948. PIC/AFP
33-year-old Kim Jong-Un is the third generation of the dynasty that has ruled North Korea since its founding in 1948. PIC/AFP

33-year-old Kim, the third generation of the dynasty that has ruled the country since its founding in 1948, was previously first secretary of the party. The appointment will further bolster his authority at a congress seen as a coronation of sorts for the young leader, who came to power in December 2011 after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il. Kim Jong-Il has been designated eternal party general secretary.

The current leader’s grandfather and the country’s founding leader, Kim Il-Sung, remains eternal president of the nation despite having died in 1994.

North Korea 'expels' BBC reporter

Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, a BBC reporter in North Korea was detained and ordered expelled from the country over his reporting in the run-up to a rare ruling party congress.

He was detained on Friday at Pyongyang airport as he was leaving the country with two other BBC staff and then questioned alone for eight hours. The National Peace Committee said he had been expelled for “attacking the DPRK system and non-objective reporting.”

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