Saturday 23 March 2019

Kim Jong-un a surprise omission from ballot papers in election

North Korea

Above it all: Kim Jong-un
Above it all: Kim Jong-un

Julian Ryall

Kim Jong-un was not on the list of 687 candidates elected to the North Korean parliament in Sunday's election, although his sister was voted into the rubber-stamp parliament.

No reason has been given for Mr Kim's absence from the ballot, five years after he was elected as head of the Workers' Party of Korea.

Every candidate who did run in the election was returned with 100pc of the vote, including Kim Yo-jung, Mr Kim's younger sister, who manages his day-to-day schedule.

"North Korean elections have no meaning anyway, but this is designed to show that Kim feels himself to be above those who were elected," said Professor Toshimitsu Shigemura, who specialises in North Korea at Waseda University, Tokyo.

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