Choe Ryong Hae greeted from the balcony of the “Great study hall of the people”, as Kim Jong-Un is still a schmalbäckiger Neudiktator stand next to him. The 69-Year-old has for decades been on you, and You with of the North Korean leadership, on old pictures you can see him next to Kim’s father Jong-Il. Supposedly their fathers were in League with each other. Seen in this way, it is not surprising that Choe Ryong Hae was elected as the official head of state of the isolated country. Actually. Because it could have been different.

Choe Kim Jong Us Deputy

At its inaugural session, the first in March, newly-elected Supreme people’s Assembly has determined the high-level party functionary Choe Ryong Hae as the new Chairman of the Bureau of the Parliament, and thus as successor to the 91-year-old Kim Yong Nam. Who has held the Position for 21 years and was considered the face of North Korea – although the Public usually only the de facto number one, Kim Jong-Un, was known to be, or is.

The Reports out of the country, according to Choe was elected at the meeting, the first Deputy to Kim Jong Us in the Commission for Affairs of state. The panel is considered to be the most important decision-making body of the socialist country. Choe is because of the nuclear weapons program of North Korea, however, is on a Black list. The extent to which he may be represented, such as Kim Yong Nam, his country while abroad, is unclear. Observers hold his new role for anyone outside the Kim-family, remarkable and influential.

Presumably, Choe has earned his spurs as a “doer” of Kim Jong-Un. In 2009, he was asked by Kim’s father, the then until the mid-20-year-old, potential successors to the office to prepare. At the time, Choe Ryong Hae-in-chief of the labour party and – more importantly – the chief of the “Organisation and Guidance Department”, which is considered to be the real power in North Korea. This so-called OGD to lead the many, for their inhumane, cruel, well – known penal and work camps.

To re-educate the country

But also his long-standing relationship of trust with the rulers of the clan Choe has not protected apparently about to fall temporarily out of favor. The South Korean intelligence service says that he is supposed to be 2015 for “political reeducation” to a remote farm have been sent. Reportedly Choe is also behind the punishment or execution of the Deputy Marshal and tight Kim-adviser, Hwang Pyong So. Despite all this (or perhaps because of it), it was Choe can make more of a career. Two years ago, he was appointed to the Central military Commission, so now he is a titular head of state.


Choe Ryong Hae’s new, official state run head of North Korea

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As he the office, but observers disputed. Unlike his predecessor Kim Yong Nam, seems to Choe to have political ambitions. And yet he is considered to be more flexible, Yes-man. “He is a chatterbox. No one breaks the other, the legs. He does, if he must, but he is in chatterbox,” said the American North Korea expert Michael Madden told Reuters. The quoted an anonymous diplomat from South Korea with the words: “He is not apparently enjoying the confidence of Kim Jong-Un, even if he stands in the hierarchy at the very top. Choe appears to be almost arrogant to talk with the most.”

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Choe Ryong Hae was not the only change of personnel, which now has been decided. According to the Reports, also the new Prime Minister was elected. The previous chef de Cabinet Pak Pong Ju was replaced by Kim Jae Ryong, a high-ranking official of the ruling workers ‘ party. And how Kim Jong-Un as Chairman of the Commission for Affairs of state and in the highest state post confirmed, it was expected.

The meeting of the people’s Assembly – North Korea is a loose Parliament – was in a Phase of increasing uncertainty after the failed summit at the end of the February meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un in Vietnam. Both sides came into the Central issues of the nuclear disarmament of North Korea, and the services of the USA, not closer. The talks go on.

sources: Reuters, “NK leadership watch -”

with DPA