» 04/08/2011, 00.00
Joseph Yun Li-sun
N Korean parliament discusses “economy”, not succession
Meeting in Pyongyang, the members of the Supreme People’s Assembly have put aside the issue of Kim Jong-il’s succession, announcing inside “huge funds” for the country’s economic development. Of course, these are but words as people starve to death.
07/04/2011 NORTH KOREA
People’s Assembly opens amid famine and weapons in Pyongyang
Delegates trickled in over the past three days to make the usual visits before each year’s annual meeting to pay their respect to the late Kim Il-sung and to praise his son Kim Jong-il. Everyone is waiting for the consecration of the heir, Kim Jong-un; no one expects any change to the regime’s disastrous economic policies, which are decimating the population.
26/09/2012 NORTH KOREA
Kim convenes parliament to seek youth loyalty and Chinese aid
The dictator attends the second plenary session of the Supreme People's Assembly of this year. He wants to appear more open and "democratic" than his father. The assembly extends compulsory education by a year but does not tackle economic reforms. The goal appears to be to remove the old guard and convince Beijing to provide aid.
10/04/2014 NORTH KOREA
Free clothes, double rooms and no vote: the life of a North Korea member of parliament
The annual meeting of the Supreme People's Assembly, "is just a puppet show , in which the delegates hand in their vote ahead of the ballot and have no right to speak. Everyone practices cries of ' Long life!' to Kim Jong-un, then they do some sightseeing and finally go home". The testimony of a former state industry manager.
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Is Kim Jong-il preparing his succession or strengthening his hold on power?
There are different views but all agree that something is happening in Pyongyang.
03/12/2013 NORTH KOREA
Kim Jong-un's uncle removed in Pyongyang's latest purge
Jang Song-thaek, the regime's eminence grise who handled the transition of power after the death of Kim Jong-il, was removed from his post at the National Defence Commission. A major powerbroker in the regime, he is married to the sister of the deceased 'dear leader' and acted as his nephew's guardian. The latter now appears to be on his way to emancipation.
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