North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been named Chairman of an organ called the Commission on State Affairs, a new body established under a revised constitution adopted by the parliament and which replaces the powerful National Defense Commission. Pundits speculate that the aim of restoring this agency is a decisive move away from the military-first doctrine, as part of Kim junior’s ongoing attempts to bring the unruly military to heel and gain full control of the state.
The North Korean leader now has nine titles, most amounting to the same thing, including:
- Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers Party
- Member of the standing committee of the Politburo
- Workers Party chairman
- Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army
- Chairman of the military committee of the Workers Party
- First Chairman of the National Defense Commission
- Chairman of the Commission on State Affairs.