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Choe Ryong Hae demoted to Workers Party secretary
MAY 06, 2014 05:11  
Choe Ryong Hae, who was recently dismissed from the director of the general politburo that controls the North Korean military, has been named secretary of North Korea뭩 ruling Workers Party.

The Rodong Sinmun, the official newspaper of the Workers Party, said on Saturday, 밅hoe Ryong Hae, secretary of the Workers Party뭩 Central Committee, delivered unveiling and inaugural speeches, as it reported North Korean leader Kim Jong Un뭩 attendance at the inaugural ceremony of the Songdowon International Boys Group Campground in Wonsan, Gangwon Province on Friday. The South Korean government judges Choe has returned to 뱒ecretary in charge of the workers organization under the party, a post that he held before assuming the head of the general politburo in April 2012. In Wonsan, Choe was seen wearing suit and tie, in lieu of military uniform for vice marshal that he wore when serving as director of the general politburo.

A source in the South Korean government said of the development, 밫he appointment could be considered Choe뭩 demotion meant to hold him accountable for failure to carry out political projects in which the politburo controls the military and promotes Kim Jong Un뭩 one-man rule. The source added, 밅hoe is believed to have been dismissed as member of the Politburo Presidium as well. The source said the recent replacement of vice director for organization and vice director for propaganda at the general politburo with lieutenant generals Pak Yong Sik and Kim Dong Hwa, respectively, would also be related with Choe뭩 "demotion."

In contrast, Jeong Seong-jang, senior researcher at the Sejong Institute in South Korea, said, 밅onsidering it as demotion constitutes downplaying the stature and importance of party secretary, adding, 밢n the contrary, it illustrates Kim Jong Un뭩 confidence in Choe Ryong Hae whose health deteriorated. Another source in Seoul said, 밒t has become clear that Choe has not been politically purged. In fact, in photos carried in the Rodong Sinmun, Choe was seen clapping while sitting on Kim Jong Un뭩 right hand side to watch a soccer match, and smiling brightly at the inaugural ceremony.

Kim Jong Un뭩 younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, was seen smiling brightly all the time, as she appeared at the ceremony, wearing black formal suit. Given that her name was named after Choe Hui, first vice head of the Workers Party organizational guidance department and Ma Won Chun, vice head of the party뭩 finance and accounting department, Kim Yo Jong is believed to externally hold the post of "vice head of the party뭩 department."

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