It’s called keeping it in the family. No matter what happens, the next dictator of North Korea will be called Kim again. After Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, and current leader Kim Jong-Un, the probably next leader of North Korea is being prepared. His name, or rather her name, is Kim Yo-Jong (left in the picture).
Kim Jong-Un made it known to the world that his own sister was next in line as he promoted her today to head up the politburo, the highest decision making body in the communist country.
Mr Michael Madden, an expert in international and Asia politics of John Hopkins Univesity, commented: “It shows that her portfolio and writ is far more substantive than previously believed and it is a further consolidation of the Kim family’s power.”
It is also very bad news for his aunt, Kim Kyong Hee (yes that is a lot of Kim’s), as this passing over of her could mean she will now face the same faith as his uncle Jang Song-Thaek, who was famously executed in 2013 when he was passed over in the power chain.
At that time, hundreds of officials were gathered there to witness his execution. The uncle’s body was torn apart by antiaircraft machine guns, according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service. The executioners then incinerated his body with flamethrowers. A claim was made that Mr Song-Thaek had plotted with the Chinese ambassador to North Korea in order to prepare a coup, and that this is how Kim Jong-Un dealt with traitors.
Ms Kim Yo-Jong, the youngest sister of Kim Jong-Un, studied together with him in Switzerland from 1996 to 2000. Upon her return to North Korea, she continued studying at the Kim Il-sung Military University and completed a degree in computer science.
The other brother, Kim Jong-Nam, was killed in Malaysia as the result of a suspected chemical attack. It is suspected that his younger brother and current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, ordered the killing.