North Korean defectors have launched a tongue-in-cheek petition to get late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's eldest son, Jong-nam, to replace current leader Kim Jong-un.
The petition appears on a website with the same name as the North Korean propaganda site Uriminzokkiri.
Kim Jong-nam has lived in sumptuously funded exile in China, Macau and Singapore since he fell from favor in the early millennium after trying to sneak into Japan on a false passport.
The website, which has one more "k" than the North Korean version in its URL, created a corner gathering signatures to support a takeover by Kim Jong-nam. It hails him as the "eldest son and true heir of the Baekdu blood" -- a reference to nation founder Kim Il-sung's alleged birthplace.
But the website also praises Kim Jong-nam's courage for criticizing the hereditary transfer of power from Kim Jong-il to his third son Jong-un, which he described as "a joke to the outside world."
North Korean defectors as well as other visitors from home and overseas are signing up. The site is accessible in Seoul, unlike to the North Korean original.
The website's creator, who gave his name as Chung, said the petition is slightly mischievous. "We've not been able to tally the figures, but our purpose is to deal a blow to the Kim Jong-un regime by stressing the need for reforms, rather than actually getting Kim Jong-nam to become the new leader."
Chung added he wants to use humor to inform more young South Koreans what is actually happening in the North.