North Korean parliament holds annual session without Kim Jong-un

North Korean parliament holds annual session without Kim Jong-un

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The Supreme People’s Assembly studied internal affairs and did not send any messages related to the supreme leader’s summits with Seoul and Washington.

With the notable absence of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea held its annual session on Wednesday, April 11, where it discussed matters of internal interest and approved the policies adopted by the top leader, whose lack of attention in the middle of the preparations for the two key summits that its regime prepares with South Korea and the United States.

The North Korean news agency KCNA reported on Thursday (12.04.2018) that the session focused on budgetary issues, where the allocation to Defense remained almost unchanged, giving it 15.9 percent of the total national budget. Likewise, various changes that have taken place at the top level were discussed, such as the departure from the ever close to Kim Hwang Pyong-so, who left his position as vice president of the State Affairs Commission.

The Assembly is the highest legislative body in the country and is responsible for endorsing the decisions taken by the leadership of the Workers Party of Korea (PTC), in addition to approving budgets and implementing personnel changes. Although Kim’s attendance is not mandatory, he has occasionally offered speeches at the event. Without going any further, the leader had been present in six of the eight sessions that have taken place since he took office.

Listen and raise your hand

This made it foresee that the supreme leader would also participate in this opportunity and take advantage of delivering a message about his upcoming summits or the turn of the country’s foreign policy. On the other hand, the honorary president of the country, Kim Yong-nam, and the number two of the regime, Choe Ryong-hae, attended. Kim’s post remained empty, as the official newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed .

The South Korean intelligence agency, which monitored the session, said that Hwang Pyong-so and Kim Won-hong had been punished for showing “recklessness” with the party, all dismissals were made “at the proposal of the president of the Commission. of State Affairs “, a position held by Kim Jong-un. Although the Assembly is the highest instance of state decision, in reality it is dedicated to unanimously approve the instructions of the leaders and their delegates are limited to hear speeches and vote by show of hands.

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