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North Korea sacks PM; Kim Jong-il consolidates power

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posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:37 AM
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SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea named a brother-in-law of leader Kim Jong-il to a powerful military post on Monday and sacked its premier in moves seen as consolidating Kim's grip on power and paving the way for his youngest son to succeed him. Kim attended a rare session of the rubberstamp parliament, the Supreme People's Assembly, to personally name Jang Song-thaek as vice chairman of the National Defense Commission, the North's KCNA news agency said. The commission, headed by the "Dear Leader" himself, represents the pinnacle of power in the hermit state. The second assembly session in two months came amid growing momentum in the international community to punish Pyongyang for the sinking of a South Korean navy corvette in March that killed 46 sailors. Jang, who had once fallen out of Kim's favor but has since returned to his inner circle, is the husband of the leader's sister, and is viewed as the key figure for ensuring a smooth transfer of power from Kim to one of his sons. "Jang would be the most trustworthy person to Kim who can establish the foundation for succession to Jong-un," said Park Young-ho of the




posted on Jun, 7 2010 @ 10:40 AM
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Looks like Kim Jong Il is getting his son ready to become the top leader of his country. Here's another article off Yahoo. It contains snippets questions from his oldest son. news.yahoo.com...



 
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