Dictator passes; son may take power

Photo used with permission from AP

Photo used with permission from AP

Parker Sutherland

Photo used with permission from AP

As of 8:30 a.m. Saturday, North Korea has to look for a new leader to fill the shoes of Kim Jong-il, dictator and supreme ruler of North Korea, who died at the age of 69  Dec. 17, 2011.
Kim Jong-il served in office from  Oct. 8, 1997 –  Dec. 17, 2011  succeeding his father Kim Il-sung, the “eternal president,” in ruling the state of North Korea.
“The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Korean people will hold the great leader Comrade Kim Il Sung in high esteem as the eternal President of the Republic and carry the revolutionary cause of Juche through to completion by defending and carrying forward the idea and achievements of Comrade Kim Il Sung,” the Constitution of North Korea reads.
According to the Korean Central News Agency, (KCNA), Kim Jong-il passed away from a great mental and physical strain at while on a train to his routine “field guidance.” Jong-il was Supreme Ruler of North Korea as well as General Secretary of the Democratic Worker’s party, Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army and Chairman of National and Central Military Commission.
The report, covering the death of Jong-il also encouraged the North Korean people to vest power in Kim Jong-il’s youngest son Kim Jong-Un. Since Kim Jong-il reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008,  Kim Jong-un has been one of the top candidates to replace Jong-il.
By Parker Sutherland
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