Kim Jong Il named general secretary of DPRK ruling party at crucial conference

12:48, September 28, 2010      

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Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong Il was named general secretary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at a crucial conference on Tuesday.

Describing it a joyous occasion for the whole country, the official KCNA said the nomination shows an absolute support for and confidence in the top leader by the party and people.

The conference, the first in 44 years, was expected to elect the party's highest leading body.

According to the charter of the ruling WPK, the delegates can discuss and decide the line, policies and personnel changes of the party during such a conference.

On Monday, Kim Jong Il issued an order promoting his son Kim Jong Un and several commanding officers to the rank of general. Kim Kyong Hui, Choe Ryong Hae and three others from the ruling party were promoted to general at the same time.

The order also gave the rank of colonel general to Ryu Kyong, lieutenant general to Ro Hung Se, Ri Tu Song and four others, and the rank of major general to Jo Kyong Jun, Jang To Yong and Mun Jong Chol and 24 others.

Also on Monday, Ri Yong Ho, chief of KPA General Staff, was awarded the military rank of Vice Marshal of the Korean People's Army on Monday by a decision of the National Defence Commission.

The delayed conference, which was originally slated for early September, was widely expected to produce strong influence for the whole country's future.

Source: Xinhua


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