09 March 2009

oh dear leader...

Reported by AFP
NKorea's Kim wins parliamentary seat: official media

SEOUL (AFP) — Leader Kim Jong-Il has been unanimously elected to a seat in North Korea's parliament following a 100 percent turnout, state media said Monday.

Sunday's elections for the rubber-stamp Supreme People's Assembly featured only one pre-approved candidate in each constituency. But analysts are watching them for clues about an eventual transition of power in the impoverished communist nation.

Kim, 67, was standing in military constituency 333, a lucky number in Korean. The new assembly will vote later to confirm him as chairman of the National Defence Commission, the country's most powerful body.

The central election committee said "all the voters of Constituency No. 333 participated in the election and voted for Supreme Commander of the Korean People's Army Kim Jong-Il," the official Korean Central News Agency reported.

"This is the expression of all servicepersons' and people's absolute support and profound trust in Kim Jong-Il," it added.

Voting for the parliament did not take place in 2008 when its five-year term expired, amid speculation over Kim's health. He is widely believed to have suffered a stroke last August.

Seoul officials say he has recovered well and is in control, but his health and age have inevitably led to talk abroad about who will succeed him.

The report was the first on official media on Monday about the outcome of the elections.

Duh! Only one pre-approved candidate. Of course the vote would be unanimous.

Even dictatorships can call themselves democratic (as in Democratic People's Republic of Korea - DPRK), if they let people vote, even on one and only one candidate.

Vietnam. Check. Singapore. Check.

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