Kim Jong-un Named Supreme Leader

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North Korea's next leader, Kim Jong Un, front left, salutes beside the hearse carrying the body of his late father and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il during the funeral procession in Pyongyang, North Korea Wednesday Dec. 28, 2011. Behind Kim Jong Un is Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Il's brother-in-law and vice chairman of the National Defense Commission.

Kim Jong-il may have already named his son Kim Jong-un successor to his regime, but the North Korean government has now made it official. Kim Jong-un was named “supreme leader” of the country’s ruling party, military, and citizens during a memorial for his late father. The young Kim wept as he walked alongside his father’s hearse through Pyongyang. The new leader, who is in his late 20s, is the vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the ruling Workers’ Party, and now adds Great Successor, Supreme Leader, and Sagacious Leader to his list of titles.