Scenes of jubilation and celebration were seen in North Korea after it was announced that leader Kim Jong Un was named as head of the reclusive nation’s military. In a special bulletin the state media of North Korea announced that North Korea’s military, government and political leadership had decided to award the top title to Kim Jong Un, who is already the supreme commander of the Korean’s People Army.
The announcement of Kim as the new military leader comes just three days after the dismissal of army chief Ri Yong Ho. Ri was a high-ranking figure in the political and military circle of the country and was also a close adviser to Kim.
According to analysts, with Kim getting hold of the title of marshal which was held previously by his father and grandfather consolidates his power, across party, state and military institutions. Soldiers and students welcomed the decision and celebrated their happiness by singing and dancing patriotic songs, despite the rain. Many regard it as a memorable and auspicious day in the history of the country.
It is important to mention here that one by one, Kim Jong Un has collected top posts in the military and party. These include first chairman of the National Defense Commission, first secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, chairman of the party’s Central Military Commission and member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau.