Kim Jong-un's Sister Secures Place in Nomenklatura

  • By Kim Myong-song

    March 10, 2014 09:23

    North Korea's state-run media have for the first time mentioned leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister Yo-jong by name, suggesting she has established a position of some influence for herself in the corridors of power.

    North Korean state TV on Sunday reported that Kim Jong-un visited a polling station at Kim Il-sung University for elections for the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday, accompanied by military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae, Workers Party deputy directors Kim Kyong-ok and Hwang Pyong-so, "and comrade Kim Yo-jong."

    Left: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister Yo-jong (in circle) walks into a polling station at Kim Il-sung University to cast her ballot in elections for the Supreme People's Assembly on Sunday.; Right: Yo-jong casts her vote at the polling station. /[North] Korean Central TV

    The honorific "comrade" suggests Kim Yo-jong has a rank above deputy director in the Workers Party. Some pundits speculate that she assumed a similar position to her aunt Kim Kyong-hui, who is a party secretary.

    Kim Jong-un was a candidate for the rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly.

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