All eyes on Kim Jong Ils youngest son during North Korean elections

March 7th, 2009 - 5:40 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 7 (ANI): North Korea elects a new legislature tomorrow, but observers of the secretive nation will be watching Kim Jong Un, the 26-year-old some believe will be selected to lead after his fathers death.

Speculation about a successor has been mounting since Kim Jong Il, 67, reportedly had a stroke in August 2008.

If Kim Jong Un joins the legislature, it would be a strong sign he is being groomed to take over, Scotsman reported.

It would be the first step for Kim Jong Un to inherit power from his father. He needs a basis for the North Korean people to revere him before he can move on to higher posts, said Song Young-sun, a South Korean MP and North Korea expert.

As members of the 687-seat Supreme Peoples Assembly typically serve as key party, government and military officials, the election could also give hints of any shake-up in the power structure as the regime faces international pressure to give up its nuclear programme and stop developing ballistic missiles. (ANI)

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