Kim Jong-il likely to announce youngest son as political heir on September 28

September 21st, 2010 - 1:39 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Sept 21 (ANI): North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party (WPK) would reportedly hold its first conference in 30 years in Pyongyang on September 28, where its leader Kim Jong-il is expected to name his youngest son Kim Jong-un as his successor.

“The conference of the WPK (Workers’ Party of Korea) for electing its supreme leadership body will take place in Pyongyang on September 28,” The Telegraph quoted a state-run Korean Central News Agency’s report, as saying.

Although the agency gave no details of the agenda, the conference is expected to anoint an heir due to the deteriorating condition of Kim Jong-il’s health.

According to analysts, the reclusive 68-year-old leader, who is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008, has reportedly accelerated succession plans and would likely announce Jong-un as his chosen heir.

The meeting was supposed to be held early September but no details were given for its delay.

Next week’s meeting will be the biggest political meeting in North Korea since 1980, when Kim himself began his official role to succeed his father and state founder by taking on a Workers’ Party title at the age of 38. (ANI)

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