» 02/15/2012, 00.00
Necrocracy in Pyongyang, Kim Jong-il becomes 'grand marshal'
Joseph Yun Li-sun
The late dictator is raised to the highest rank in the armed forces. Like his father, the 'eternal president' who died in 1993, he gets a huge bronze equestrian statue.
(AsiaNews) - After making the Kim Il-sung 'eternal president', North Korea's rulers
have elevated his son Kim Jong-il, who died in December, to the rank of Grand
Marshal of the Democratic People's Republic of Chosun (Korea). The last Stalinist
regime in the world has thus raised its reigning cult of the personality (and correlated
propaganda) to new outlandish heights. The nomination came on the eve of the
celebrations to mark Kim Jong-il's 70th birthday, tomorrow.
the announcement also came the unveiling of a new statue at Mansudae Art Studio
in Pyongyang of Kim Jong-ol on a horse. The new monumental landmark joins an
existing statue of Kim Il Sung, also mounted on a horse.
late dictator's birthday, one of the country's main civic holidays, is known as
the 'Day of the Shining Star'. According to North Korea's ruling ideology, Kim
Jong-il was born on a mythical mountain on a very dark night. After he was
born, a great shining star shot across the heavens.
his appointment as grand marshal also has a political function. Kim Jong-il's
elevation to a higher rank means that his old post as a five-star general will
be available to his third son and heir Kim Jong-un. Without it, the latter cannot
fully take over North Korea's armed forces.
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