Kim Jong-un’s appointment of his younger sister to a senior role in the North Korean government suggests the leader is “in dire need of allies” according to a leading expert.
Kim Yo-jong, who is believed to be in her mid-to-late twenties, was referred to as a departmental vice director within the party’s Central Committee by state media this week, which analysts believe could signal her growing role in supporting her brother’s authoritarian role.
“Kim is in dire need of allies and if he is forced to appoint his sister, who is both younger than him and a woman [to this role] then he doesn’t have enough people to rely on,” Dr Breuker told The Independent, adding: “He probably wants her as a close ally and confidante.”
Dr Breuker believes the appointment shows Kim Jong-un is looking for ways to get more power, suggesting he is in a weak position in his own government.
“North Korea is extremely worried about the human rights resolution being voted through to the UN General Assembly by 111 countries; this gives us a much stronger grip on the position of the North Korean government at the moment,” he said. » – The Independent article – By Loulla-Mae-Eleftheriou-Smith – November 27, 2014.
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