Jang’s execution shows split in North Korea ruling dynasty
Whether it cemented Kim Jong-un’s control or revealed deep schisms in the regime was impossible to discern immediately.
North Korean state media released a rare report detailing a long list of Jang’s crimes, including corruption, womanizing, drug taking, excessive control over profitable national businesses and trying to force a popular uprising by ruining the economy. Analysts, who believe the young leader was consolidating his rule, point to a South Korean government analysis that Kim Jong-un has replaced about 44 percent of senior military and party officials over the past two years. The person most likely to fill the vacuum Jang left is Choe Ryong-hae, director of the General Political Bureau, who acted as Kim Jong-un’s special envoy to China in May and frequently accompanies him on public outings.
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