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Kim Jong, Korean Dictator, Emerges First In One-Horse Race

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
MARCH 10, 2014

   
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Kim Jong, Korean Dictator, Emerges First In One-Horse Race

 

The ruling North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un has not only been elected to the highest legislative body but has also won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100% turnout. North Korea went to the polls to approve the new Roster of Deputies for the Supreme People's Assembly, the North Korean legislature. The vote, more of a political ritual rather than democratic election, is generally held once every five years. Voters have no choice on the ballot paper as there is only one candidate for each district. Instead, they have the choice of voting yes or no and virtually, all of them choose yes.

This is the first time that elections have been held since Kim inherited power after his father Kim Jong Il's death in 2011. The Supreme People's Assembly meets very rarely, often only once a year. In reality, it enjoys little power and when not in session, its work is done by a smaller, powerful body called the Presidium.



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