North Korea parliamentary election could reveal Kim Jong-il successor.


With one candidate per seat, North Korea’s parliamentary elections might appear to offer little prospect of a surprise result.

But outsiders are watching today’s poll closely, in the hope that it will hint at the country’s eventual succession. The youngest son of reclusive leader Kim Jong-il is rumoured to have stood – a signal that his father is grooming him, analysts said.

All registered voters cast ballots, barring those abroad or on ships, the North Korean state news agency reported tonight. Election results are expected tomorrow.

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