The Party as the Kingmaker: The Death of Kim Jong Il and Its Consequences for North Korea
in: 38 North, 12/2011, U.S.-Korea Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University
5 Pages Posted: 9 Dec 2016
Date Written: December 21, 2011
Kim Jong Il is no more. The state news agency KCNA reported that he died on his train on Saturday, December 17, 2011. In this situation, the Worker’s Party took over. In a highly symbolic move, it acted like the Church in medieval Europe: it crowned the Emperor. The obituary, published in the Party newspaper and signed by the Central Committee, devotes its latter part to the introduction of Kim Jong Un as the next leader — as the “great successor” (widaehan kyesŭngja). This is the first time he has been explicitly named as such.
Keywords: North Korea, Kim Il Sung, Conference of the Korean Workers’ Party
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