Kim Jong-Un becomes North Korea ruling party chairman

Posted on:10 May 2016 14:58:19
Kim Jong-Un becomes North Korea ruling party chairman
10 May 2016 Current Affairs: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un was given a new title chairman of the Workers' Party at a rare top-level meeting of the ruling party.

The country's de facto head of state Kim Yong-Nam announced the post as foreign journalists briefly watched proceedings at the party congress  the first for 36 years.

Kim  the third generation of the dynasty that has ruled the country since its founding in 1948 -- was previously first secretary of the party.

The appointment will further bolster his authority at a congress seen as a coronation of sorts for the young leader, who came to power in December 2011 after the death of his father Kim Jong-Il.

Kim Jong-Il has been designated eternal party general secretary.

The current leader's grandfather and the country's founding leader, Kim Il-Sung, remains eternal president of the nation despite having died in 1994.

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