Kim Jong Un Election Unanimous, Voted Into North Korean Parliament

Image: Kim Jong Un Election Unanimous, Voted Into North Korean Parliament North Korean leader Kim Jong-un casting a ballot at a polling station at the Kim Il-sung University.

Monday, 10 Mar 2014 03:37 PM

By Angela Deines

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By a unanimous vote, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was elected Sunday to the country’s parliament in what is commonly called a “rubber stamp” election.

Jong-un became North Korea’s leader after his father, Kim Jong Il, died in 2011. He was elected by his district on Sunday to the Supreme People’s Assembly. There were 687 other state-approved candidates on the ballot, one for each district.

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Each ballot for the parliament vote that takes place every five years allows North Koreans to vote either “yes” or “no” for each candidate. The results of those votes haven’t been released. When the last vote for parliament members took place in 2009, all of the candidates chosen by the state were elected.

According to the BBC, analysts say the only real value in the elections is to see if there are any changes on the list of candidates the state approves and whether North Koreans agree with the ruling party’s candidates.

Since his father’s death’s three years ago, 31-year-old Kim Jong Un has continued his country’s nuclear testing and missile technology development. A little more than a year ago, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear test — third to date, and condemned by the international community.

Last week, The Daily Mail said South Korean press reported Kim Jong Un had ordered 33 Christians be executed for contacting Kim Jon-wook, a South Korean Baptist missionary who was arrested and jailed in North Korea late last year.

Kenneth Bae, an American missionary, is still in North Korea after he was captured while leading a group in 2012 in that country. He was later sentenced to 15 years of hard labor while he and the U.S. continue to plead for his release.

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