North Korean top leader elected to parliament

March 9th, 2009 - 2:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Pyongyang, March 9 (Xinhua) North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong Il has been unanimously elected to the parliament, state media said Monday.
The official KCNA quoted the election committee as saying that the leader gained 100 percent approvals following a 100 percent turnout.

“This is the expression of all service persons and people’s absolute support and profound trust in Kim Jong Il,” KCNA said.

It said all the registered voters, including overseas voters, had participated the election, but it didn’t release the results of other election districts.

Although all constituencies throughout the country nominated him as candidate, Kim registered at Constituency No.333 of the Korean People’s Army, as “he put forward the People’s Army as the mainstay and powerful main force of the revolution and trained it into the invincible revolutionary army”, KCNA said.

Parliamentary elections started throughout the country Sunday morning to choose members of the top legislature in the country.

Eligible voters went to polling stations in various electoral districts to cast their votes for members of the 12th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), who will serve a five-year term in accordance with the North Korean constitution.

North Korea’s top leader Kim Jong Il cast his ballot in a poll station in Kim Il Sung Politics University, the KCNA said, adding that he was warmly welcomed by the servicemen of the Korean People’s Army and their families voting there.

The SPA is North Korea’s highest legislative body. The 11th SPA election was held in 2003.

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