North Korean leader Kim Jong Un elected as general secretary of ruling party

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North Korea has approved its top leader Kim Jong Un as the general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea at its eighth party congress, reported Xinhua news agency.

“The eighth congress … decides to hold Kim Jong Un in high esteem as the general secretary of the Workers’ Party Korea,” the report of the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on Monday said.

The congress “fully approved” a proposal for promoting Kim to general secretary of the party, the KCNA said, calling the position “head of the revolution and centre of guidance and unity.”

The election took place at the sixth-day session of the ongoing party congress in Pyongyang on Sunday, it said.

On Sunday, the congress decided to change the party’s “Executive Policy Council into Secretariat.” The decision would lead to party officials to relinquish the current titles such as chairman and vice chairman and start using titles such as secretary or vice secretary.

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