Kim Jong Un Vote Unanimous 03/10 07:34
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- With no one else on the ballot, state media
reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the
highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of
his district, which had 100 percent turnout.
North Koreans went to the polls on Sunday to approve the new roster of
deputies for the Supreme People's Assembly, the country's legislature. The
vote, more a political ritual than an election by Western standards, is
generally held once every five years.
Though results for the other seats in the assembly had not yet been
announced, North Korea's media quickly reported Kim had won in his district ---
located on the symbolic Mount Paekdu --- without a single dissenting ballot.
In the previous elections, 687 deputies were chosen. This is first time the
election had been held since Kim inherited power after the death of his father,
Kim Jong Il, in 2011.
"This is an expression of all the service personnel and people's absolute
support and profound trust in supreme leader Kim Jong Un as they
single-mindedly remain loyal to him," the state-run Korean Central News Agency
Voters in the election have no choice who to vote for --- there is only one
candidate's name on the ballot for each district. Instead, they have the choice
of voting yes or no, and according to official accounts virtually all choose
yes. North Korea also typically puts turnout nationwide at over 99 percent.
Analysts will be closely watching to see if the deputies this time around
reflect a generational change as Kim looks to solidify his power and replace
older cadres with younger, more loyal ones.
The Supreme People's Assembly usually meets only rarely, often only once a
year. In practice it has little power and when it is not in session, its work
is done by a smaller and more powerful body called the Presidium.
The new parliament was expected to meet next month. No date has been