December 01, 2023

Supreme People’s Assembly session results in leadership changes

First session of new SPA gives Kim opportunity for biggest shakeup since coming to power

The 13th Supreme People’s Assembly of the DPRK – North Korea’s legislature - held its first session in Pyongyang on Tuesday, state media reported. Kim Jong Un presided over the session. The legislature elected members for positions within the SPA and SPA Presidium, elected members of the National Defense Commission (NDC), and appointed cabinet members. It is traditional for many new elections and appointments to take place during the first session of a newly elected SPA.

'The new SPA presents the biggest opportunity yet for Kim to rotate positions in favor of people closer to him than to his father'