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North Korea Changes Party Rules to Suit Kim Dynasty, Yonhap Says

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Jan. 6 (Bloomberg) -- North Korea’s ruling party has rewritten rules to make it easier for leader Kim Jong Il’s son to take control of the state, Yonhap News reported, citing an unidentified government official.

A clause requiring the Workers Party of Korea to hold a general convention every five years was scrapped, Yonhap said. The party can now elect senior members and revise rules with a group of senior delegates, it said.

The party’s Central Military Commission has also gained in power at the expense of the government’s National Defense Commission, the South Korean agency said. Kim’s son Kim Jong Un is a vice chairman of the CMC. He doesn’t have a post on the NDC. The head of the party will also automatically become head of the CMD, Yonhap said.

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