SEOUL: The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has made an official debut of sorts, consolidating the grip on power of the ruling Kim dynasty’s third generation.
Kim Yo-Jong, believed to be 26, accompanied her elder brother to a polling station on Sunday when North Korea held stage-managed elections to its rubber stamp parliament. It was not her first appearance. She was shown on state television in 2011, tearfully standing next to Kim Jong-Un as they attended the funeral of their father and former ruler Kim Jong-Il.
Since then she has occasionally been seen accompanying her brother on his “field guidance trips”.
Sunday’s outing was different as she was, for the first time, officially listed by her name and as a “senior official” attending the voting function along with several top party and army luminaries. State TV footage showed Kim in a black skirt suit, walking closely behind her brother and casting her vote into a ballot box. Her precise position was not detailed, but she is believed to be the events director in Kim Jong-Un’s Secretariat Office. In 2012, Kim Yo-Jong was seen on state TV riding a white horse — a common propaganda symbol associated with the Kim family — with her aunt, Kim Kyong-Hui.
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