N. Korean Army Gives Kim's Son Tentative Nod

Succession plans progress with his election as delegate
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2010 2:16 PM CDT

(Newser) – The North Korean military has given Kim Jong-Un its tacit blessing to take over for his father as the country’s dictator. The military elected the younger Kim to serve as a delegate at today’s ruling party meeting, essentially giving him their backing, sources tell the Daily Telegraph. The party then sent out a propaganda notice anointing Kim Jong-Un the “sole successor” to Kim Jong-Il.

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The move was widely expected, after North Korean state media hyped today’s party meeting as “historic.” The last time such a meeting was held was in 1980, and the purpose was—you guessed it—to anoint Kim Jong-Il as his father’s successor. Kim Jong-Un is unlikely to take over immediately, however, and analysts expect his uncle to be promoted to serve as his mentor during his early years in power. (Read more Kim Jong Un stories.)

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