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The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is elected "General Secretary" of the Labor Party


A Kim Jong Promot-UN !: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is elected as "General Secretary" of the Labor Party – the same title his father and grandfather had after just being "Chairman"

  • Kim Jong Un received a new title, "General Secretary" of the Labor Party
  • The appointment is largely symbolic and appears to be aimed at strengthening his authority
  • The ongoing convention announced Kim's new title during its sixth day session

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a new title, "General Secretary" of the ruling Labor Party, a post held by his late father and grandfather, state media reported on Monday.

The appointment is largely symbolic and appears to be aimed at strengthening his authority in the face of growing domestic economic challenges.

The party's ongoing convention, the first in five years, announced Kim's new title during its session on Sunday's sixth day.

A congressional statement said Kim was "gloriously accomplishing the historic mission to complete the country's nuclear development plan," according to the Korean Central News Agency.

The North Korean head of state Kim Jong Un (center) takes part in the ruling party's conference in Pyongyang (North Korea) on Saturday

A general overview of the participants in the 8th Labor Party Congress in Pyongyang, North Korea

A general overview of the participants in the 8th Labor Party Congress in Pyongyang, North Korea

The party's ongoing convention, the first in five years, announced Kim's new title during its session on Sunday's sixth day

The party's ongoing convention, the first in five years, announced Kim's new title during its session on Sunday's sixth day

It is largely seen as a symbolic move as Kim was already the party's top leader. During a party congress in 2016 he was appointed "party chairman", which largely corresponds to the "general secretary" of his father Kim Jong Il and his grandfather "Kim Il Sung".

Before the 2016 Congress, Kim Jong Un led the party with the title of "First Secretary".

Since Kim took power in late 2011, he has held a number of senior positions, establishing the similar absolute power of his predecessors. The two late North Korean leaders have retained posthumous titles – Kim Jong Il remains "Eternal Secretary General" and Kim Il Sung is "Eternal President".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 8th Labor Party Congress in Pyongyang, North Korea

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea

The participants take part in the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. This photo was made available on Jan. 11 by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

The participants take part in the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea. This photo was made available on Jan. 11 by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 8th Labor Party Congress in Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 8th Labor Party Congress in Pyongyang, North Korea

State media said on Sunday that Congress had decided to convert the party's Executive Policy Council into a secretariat.

The decision would result in party officials abandoning current titles such as chairman and vice chairman and using old titles such as secretary or deputy secretary.

Congress takes place as Kim faces what appears to be the toughest moment of his nine-year reign as his country's already fragile economy has suffered multiple disasters and US-led sanctions from pandemic border closings that have drastically reduced foreign trade.

During the Congress, Kim Jong Un vowed to expand his nuclear arsenal and build more sophisticated weapon systems to cope with what he calls the intensification of US hostile policies. He also admitted that an earlier five-year plan for economic development had failed, and revealed a new development that focuses on building a stronger independent economy.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 8th Labor Party Congress in Pyongyang, North Korea

The North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attends the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party in Pyongyang, North Korea

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