North Korea Holds So-Called 'Elections'

Rubber-stamp process gives Kim Jong-Un a chance to reorganize
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2014 2:00 PM CDT
Voters line up to cast their ballots to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea Sunday, March 9, 2014.    (AP Photo/Jon Chol Jin)
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(Newser) – It's election time in North Korea, meaning there's only one candidate running per office in the Supreme People's Assembly, and voters have two options: writing "Yes" or "No" on the ballots, the BBC reports. Not only that, voters who don't support the ruling Workers' Party must enter a separate booth, the Telegraph reports. Sound like a mockery of democracy? Sure, but outside observers can still see which officials are tapped by Kim Jong Un for top positions, and, the New York Times notes, a shake-up allows him to replace followers of his not-so-dearly departed uncle, Jang Song Thaek. (Read more North Korea stories.)

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