In a significant political development, North Korea has recently revised its constitution, officially designating Kim Jong-un as the head of state.
This constitutional amendment, implemented during April’s Supreme People’s Assembly session, solidifies Kim’s position by explicitly stating that the chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) now serves as the supreme leader representing the nation.
Notably, this marks a departure from the previous constitutional setup where the president of the Presidium of the SPA held the nominal role of representing the country.
Kim, who previously held the title of Chairman of the State Affairs Commission, was re-elected to this position in April.
The intriguing use of the new title “supreme representative” in Pyongyang’s state media fueled speculation about potential constitutional revisions aimed at consolidating and expanding Kim’s authority.
This constitutional shift comes amid broader political changes in North Korea, including the election of Choe Ryong-Hae as the president of the Presidium of the SPA, replacing Kim Yong-nam.
The move to officially entrench Kim Jong-un as the head of state signifies a deliberate strengthening of his political stature, shaping the future trajectory of North Korean leadership and raising questions about the dynamics within the secretive regime.