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Seating arrangements at Kim Jong-il memorial show signs of a power shift in North Korea

Updated: 2013-12-17 (KST)
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We begin with the memorial ceremony commemorating the second anniversary of the death of former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il.
We are now getting live footage of the ceremony, which is currently taking place at a stadium in Pyongyang.
North Korea's state-run media outlet, Korean Central Television shows Kim Jong-un seated center stage, with military politburo chief Choe Ryong-hae seated to his left and Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, seated to his right.
Choe is sitting one seat closer to Kim Jong-un than he was at last year's ceremony, signaling that Choe is now the second most powerful man in North Korea, taking the place of Jang Song-thaek, who was executed last week.
What's interesting to note is that Jang's wife, and Kim Jong-un's aunt, Kim Kyong-hui, who normally attends such ceremonies did not appear at today's.
The eulogy was delivered by Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, who is also the ceremonial head of state.


Reporter : connie1223@arirang.co.kr

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