The ruling Communist Party in North Korea has now appointed an official deputy. The rules of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WKP) show that a new post of first secretary has been created, with the power to rule the country if the leader is incapacitated.
The publication argues, “This decision probably indicates that Kim’s health is not good. “
Kim Jong-un has disappeared from public view several times over the past year and a half, sparking speculation about his condition.
The new WKP rules, acquired by NK News, were approved at the party’s eighth congress in January.
This is the first time that a potential successor to the North Korean leader has been presented so explicitly.
Article 28 of the new rules strengthens the Politburo Standing Committee, North Korea’s supreme executive body.
Any member of the politburo can now chair the committee if authorized to do so by the secretary general.
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Last year, from April to July, Kim Jong-un stayed away from the public for nearly three months.
This included the absence of her grandfather Kim Il-sung’s birthday celebrations on April 15, an important national holiday.
From May of this year, he also disappeared from public view for 29 days, before being pictured at a politburo meeting.
According to NK News, it now costs £ 32 to buy a kilogram of bananas in the country.
Speaking to senior party leaders, Kim Jong-un admitted, “The food situation of the people is now getting tense. “
The Hermit State was also hit by devastating typhoons last year, which triggered widespread flooding.
North Korea was formed from the part of Korea occupied by Soviet forces at the end of World War II.
A brutal dictatorship, it has technically been at war with South Korea since 1950.