Pyongyang, Aug 30: The North Korean Parliament has revised its Constitution, to solidify leader Kim Jong-un's role as the head of the state, elevating him to the status of his grandfather - Kim Il Sung, founder of the communist nation. Kim is officially the Chairman of the ruling Workers' Party, as well as the State Affairs Commission (SAC), the top government body, although his late grandfather remained the country's Eternal President, despite dying in 1994.
The Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) on Thursday approved a series of constitutional changes, in the absence of the 'Supreme leader,' to confirm that North Korea's legal system would now recognise Kim as 'the head of the state'. The move comes after Kim was formally named the head of the state and commander-in-chief of the military in a new constitution in July that analysts said was possibly aimed at preparing for a peace treaty with the United States.
"The SAC Chairman, the Supreme Leader of the Party, state, and armed forces of the DPRK, in accordance with the unanimous will and desire of all Korean people, both in name and reality,'' Choe Ryong Hae, the presidium of SPA, was quoted as saying by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).
Kim's legal status "has been further consolidated to firmly ensure the monolithic guidance of the Supreme Leader over all state affairs," Mr Choe added. Previously, Kim was simply referred to as 'supreme leader,' who commanded the country's "overall military force".(UNI)