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Top DPRK leader re-elected as head of state panel

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-04-12 14:11
Kim Jong-un is elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) in Pyongyang April 11, 2019. The photo was released by DPRK's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 12, 2019. [Photo/Agencies]

PYONGYANG -- Kim Jong-un, top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), was elected again as chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) of the DPRK, the official Korean Central News Agency(KCNA) reported on Friday.

Kim was elected at the opening day of the First Session of the 14th Supreme People's Assembly (SPA) of the DPRK held at the Mansudae Assembly Hall on Thursday, according to the KCNA's report.

At the meeting, Choe Ryong-hae was elected first vice-chairman of the SAC and president of the Presidium of the SPA. The session also elected Kim Jae-ryong as premier of the DPRK cabinet.

The meeting also adopted an ordinance of the SPA on modifying and supplementing the Socialist Constitution of the DPRK, the KCNA reported.

According to the constitution edited in 2016, the Supreme People's Assembly is the highest organ of state power and the unicameral legislature. It consists of one deputy from each of the DPRK's 687 constituencies elected to a term of 5 years. The SAC chairman is the top leader of the country.

In March, the 14th Supreme People's Assembly elected 687 deputies.

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