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N Korea's Kim Jong-un bans weddings, funerals ahead of coronation

DECCAN CHRONICLE WITH AGENCY INPUTS
Published May 2, 2016, 6:28 pm IST
Updated May 2, 2016, 6:35 pm IST
Kim wasn't even born when the last congress was held in 1980 to crown his father as the heir apparent to founding leader Kim Il-Sung.
Post the ceremony, he will be recognised as the legitimate inheritor of the dynastic dictatorship which was started by his grandfather Kim Il-Sung. (Photo: AFP)
 Post the ceremony, he will be recognised as the legitimate inheritor of the dynastic dictatorship which was started by his grandfather Kim Il-Sung. (Photo: AFP)

Pyongyang: As North Korea's Kim Jong-un prepares for his coronation ceremony, he has ordered a ban on all the weddings and funerals taking place at that time.

According to a report in the Daily Mail, the 33-year-old North Korean leader is preparing for his coronation ceremony after which he will be recognised as the country's supreme leader.

 

Post the ceremony, he will be recognised as the legitimate inheritor of the dynastic dictatorship which was started by his grandfather Kim Il-Sung. The legacy was passed through his late father Kim Jong-Il.

"This congress means everything for Kim Jong-Un," said John Delury, a North Korea expert at Yonsei University in Seoul.

"It is the most public, historic setting in which he can demonstrate that he is fully in charge, and that everyone follows his orders," Delury said.

"Nominally, it's for the party, but really this congress is for Kim," he added.

Kim wasn't even born when the last congress was held in 1980 to crown his father as the heir apparent to founding leader Kim Il-Sung.

When his own turn came, following the death of Kim Jong-Il in December 2011, there were numerous doubters who suggested the Swiss finishing school graduate lacked the survival skills needed for the Machiavellian world of North Korean power politics.

But he proved them wrong, purging the party, government and powerful military of those seen as disloyal, and displaying a ruthless streak that notably led to the execution of his powerful uncle, and one-time political mentor, Jang Song-Thaek.

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