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Succession speculation as NKorea parliament meets
« on: April 07, 2011, 02:09:49 am »
Succession speculation as NKorea parliament meets

North Korean legislators gathered in Pyongyang on Thursday amid speculation that leader Kim Jong Il may appoint his son to a post that would make him the nation's second most powerful man.

As the Supreme People's Assembly convenes a spring session, attention is focused on whether Kim Jong Un will be elected to the National Defense Commission _ a move that would further solidify the young man's standing as North Korea's next leader.

Delegates from around the country began arriving earlier in the week for the session, laying bouquets Wednesday at a statue of Kim Jong Il's mother, Kim Jong Suk, according to North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency.

The parliamentary meeting is North Korea's first major national meeting since Kim Jong Un made his political debut in September by taking on a key leadership post in the ruling Workers' Party. Since then, he has appeared regularly at Kim Jong Il's side, his father's clear choice as heir apparent.
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