North Korea 're-elects' Kim Jong-un to head top governing bodyUpdated: 2014-04-10 22:06:30 (KST)
It was "stability" over "change" at North Korea's 13th Supreme People's Assembly session on Wednesday.
The meeting of the country's top legislative body is an occasion to find out who's IN and who's OUT of North Korea's ruling circle and to determine the direction of state policies.
Prime Minister Pak Pong-ju and figure-head president Kim Yong-nam were widely expected to step down from their posts, but both remain in office.
"The fact that there were no major changes to officials at key posts, no revisions to external and internal policies and constitutions reflect the Kim Jong-un leadership will be focusing more on stability rather than change after two years in power."
Wednesday's session gave a peek into the isolated nation as the young Kim continues to solidify his power base.
Choe Ryong-hae, the top political officer in the North Korean People's Army, who has emerged as a rising star under Kim's rule, was promoted as one of the three vice chairmen of the powerful National Defense Commission.
That seat had been vacant since the execution of Jang Song-thaek, once the second most powerful man in North Korea.
"Choe Ryong-hae is now Kim's closest aide, at the party and the military and therefore, we can say he is the second-most powerful man."
Experts say the appointment of Ri Su-yong, the former ambassador to Switzerland, as North Korea's new foreign minister suggests the regime will bolster efforts in attracting foreign investment from the western world.
"Some don't expect any major changes until next year, which is the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea. Experts say this is when a new Kim Jong-un-style governing system and policies could be unveiled.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News."
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