February 25, 2024

Results of SPA elections show who’s rising, falling

Numerous figures close to Kim Jong Un rise, some older figures manage to hang on

North Korea has published the results of elections for the 13th Supreme People’s Assembly through the state-run news outlet KCNA on March 11. The report by the Central Electoral Committee revealed the names and districts of 686 of the 687 delegates elected on March 9 – Kim Jong Un’s election to the 111th district having been reported earlier.

The outcome of the election – which is predetermined by the Worker’s Party of Korea (WPK) and a few smaller, loyal parties through selection of only one candidate per district – is not surprising. Instead, it confirms the rising importance of members of the “third-generation leadership” and the declining influence of many older figures.