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      January 18, 2016 10:46

      North Korean Workers Party secretary Choe Ryong-hae attends a performance in this video grab from the [North] Korean Central TV on Saturday. /Yonhap

      North Korea's elderly comeback kid Choe Ryong-hae has shown up in public again three months after he vanished from view. He was been believed to have been demoted and sent to a reeducation camp.

      Footage shown on the North's official Korean Central TV Saturday showed his right leg only about half as thick as the left.

      Some speculate that he may have suffered torture while undergoing reeducation, while others say he may have had surgery on the leg given that he was shown with a limp last year.

      Choe has survived several demotions only to reemerge in some senior post close to the center of power, but nobody has so far managed to explain why. 

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