North Korea’s Kim Jong-un ‘wins’ re-election

North Korea's Kim Jong Un congratulates Queen Elizabeth II

North Korea's Kim Jong Un congratulates Queen Elizabeth II Photo: Cordon Press.

Kim Jong-un has ‘won’ re-election as leader of North Korea in a rigged vote where no other candidates were permitted to stand.


Following a pre-determined vote, Kim was reaffirmed as First Chairman of the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC) by the country’s Supreme People’s Assembly.

Last month North Koreans cast their ballots for the election.

The state-controlled Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) described the election as “the great jubilee in the nation’s history” and described how parliament cheered as the result was revealed.

The KCNA said: “All the deputies and participants in the session broke into stormy cheers of “hurrah!”, extending the highest glory and warmest congratulations to him (Kim Jong-un).”

The North Korean leader had his politically-powerful uncle and former political mentor Jang Song-thaek executed last year and dismissed a number of high-ranking government officials over the weekend.

It is not known whether the officials have been killed or sent to concentration camps.

Reportedly, Jang Song-thaek, who was executed as a traitor in December last year, was fed to a pack of hungry dogs.

It has been reported that one of Jang’s closest allies, O Sang-hon, was executed with a flamethrower after being branded an ‘enemy of the state’.

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    • Roy Peters

      10 April 2014 • 11:06

      It is a disgrace that such a regime is allowed to exist, let alone flourish in today’s world. The Jong-un family have ruled North Korea through terror and intimidation for three generations and yet the world powers stand by and do nothing.
      I admit that to remove this family from power and give the people a normal life is extremely difficult, but the rest of the world should not ignore what is happening there. Surely something can be done?

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