The youngest son of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was named to top posts in the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea during a convention of party delegates in Pyongyang on September 28th.
Kim Jong-un was named to the newly created post of vice chairman of the ruling party’s Central Military Commission as well as a member of the party’s Central Committee. The convention opened one day after the reclusive North Korean leader bestowed the title of "general" on his youngest son.
The ruling party’s convention was the first to be held in 30 years and is considered to be the North’s way of confirming that Jong-un will succeed his father.
Pyongyang’s move to pursue a third generation father-to-son power succession is unprecedented. The move drew worldwide attention and was subject to both criticism and ridicule.