North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has a new deputy.
The new post was established in January as part of a revision of the charter of the Communist Workers’ Party of Korea (TPK). Exactly who took the position is not specified.
Experts speculate that it may still be vacant, or occupied by TPK Vice Chairman Cho Young-won or Prime Minister Kim Tok-hun, “two of the most influential” officials in the government. Both had previously made visits to the country, which the leader himself had also made before.
According to the TV channel, some analysts believe that only members of the top echelon of the TPK will be eligible for the new position, meaning that Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jeong, a member of the Political Bureau of the TPK Central Committee, is unlikely to become his aide.
“The influential sister of the country’s leader, Kim Yo-jung is probably not the right person to be tapped for the role,” CNN quoted Lim Eul-chul, a professor at the Graduate School of North Korean Studies at Kennam University, as saying.
CNN notes that there is no evidence indicating that the creation of the position has anything to do with Kim Jong-un’s health, which has been the subject of media attention since last year.
Earlier, it was reported that Kim Jong-un has not appeared in public for almost a month. He was last seen on May 6, during a photo session with North Korean military families. Seoul believes that his absence from the public eye is due to the risks of the coronavirus.