Kim Jong-il unanimously reappointed North Korean leader

September 28th, 2010 - 6:03 pm ICT by ANI  

Seoul (South Korea), Sep 28(ANI): Despite his visibly fragile health, North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was on Tuesday reappointed as the General Secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) at a crucial conference here.

Jong-il had assumed office as the WPK General Secretary on October 8, 1997.

He is reportedly suffering from several illnesses, and is believed to have had a stroke two years ago. He has also travelled to China for treatment.

According to the Xinhua news agency, the nomination shows an absolute support for and confidence in the top leader by the party and people.

Hours before the conference began, Jong-il’s youngest son, Kim Jong-un, was promoted as a military general, potentially paving the way for a transfer of power.

Jong-il’s sister, Kyong-hui, has also been named a general. She is married to Chang Song-taek, seen by some analysts as North Korea’s second-most powerful leader.

North Korea is the world’s only family-run communist dictatorship. (ANI)

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