In one of the sizeable leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea appointed a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and awarded Kim Jong Un with a new title, as per reports by state media on Friday. Experts assume that this move would help in strengthening Kim’s grip on power.
In a supposed move, Kim Jong Un was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission during a session of North Korea’s rubber-stamp legislature, which took place on Thursday, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) stated.
For the first time, though, state media alluded to Kim as “premier representative of all the Korean people.” That title was officially accepted by special order in February but hasn’t been used publicly until Friday.
It’s uncertain whether the changes would be listed in the constitution, but analysts stated that the reshuffle shows Kim has fully come into his own, eight years after he assumed rule from his father, Kim Jong Il.
Michael Madden, a nonresident North Korea leadership expert with the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank stated that the change and power merger of the Kim Jong Un regime is final. It might probably be the biggest party-government reshuffle in many years.
Since early 2018 Kim has started on a push for economic development and international engagement, which includes historic summits with the leaders of the United States, China, and South Korea.
In a message applauding Kim on his re-election as chairman, Chinese President Xi Jinping stated that China highly values its friendship with North Korea and is ready to push forward the bilateral relations.
Choe Ryong Hae was appointed as President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea, and he replaced Kim Yong Nam.
North Korea also took the place of the premiere of its cabinet, an official at the center of enough to jumpstart the economy.