Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Do you think Daddy pulled some strings?

It looks like Kim Jong-un is going to have to update his CV soon, because the Brilliant Comrade has reportedly been elected to the North Korean parliament:
Kim Jong-un was elected to the Supreme People's Assembly at the elections in March last year from district 216, South Korean media quoted a Western source familiar with the North as saying.

The election may have been kept under wraps because the North has been wary of inciting discontent by publicly promoting Kim Jong-il's son as heir during economic difficulties, analysts said.

"I have been able to confirm directly from a North Korean official that Kim Jong-un has been elected from the 216 electoral district," the unnamed Western source was quoted by the Chosun Ilbo newspaper as telling reporters.

The number 216 signifies the birthday of the current leader and is reserved for persons of special entitlement, making it likely "Kim Jong" who appears on the list of elected delegates is in fact the youngest son of Kim Jong-il, the source said.
Damned straight you'd better keep it under wraps, because I'll bet dollars to donuts that there are probably some apparatchiki in Pyongyang just itching to remove the Dear Leader's third son. Then, if necessary, maybe replace him with Franken-scion. Because if he is allowed to rise to the top, the whole country is again at the mercy of a royal heir who may not be up to the task.

Exuberant Progeny down in Macau has the right idea: staying out of Pyongyang means staying out of the line of fire.

Anyway, as KJI progresses ever forward in his march toward installing his son as leader of the land, I think it's time we adopt a nickname for KJU from another beneficiary of an intergenerational transfer of power: henceforth, I shall call him "Singleya."

Mmmm... donuts.


  1. "The election may have been kept under wraps..."

    So why even have an election then? They could simply just send a memo to everyone:

    To Those Who Need To Know

    My son has been given a spot in parliament. Please let me know if you disagree with this promotion, I'll be more than happy to discuss it with you, otherwise keep it on the DL. Thank you.

    Dear Leader

  2. That's a good question.

    I think the answer is that the whole rise to power has to have the air and trappings of legitimacy that are the purpose of all their elections anyway.


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