Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has been promoted as the State Affairs Commission (SAC), North Korea’s state-run news outlet KCNA reported on Thursday.
Yo Jong was already a prominent political figure in Korea and a significant counsel to her brother. Still, a place on the SAC is the highest official position she has held.
As part of a reorganization of the SAC, she was promoted alongside seven others. However, Kim Yo Jong was the sole woman. For the past decade, Pak Pong Ju, Kim Jong Un’s economic policymaker, was among the nine members who were retired or demoted.
Kim Yo’s promotion to North Korea’s top decision-making body appears to formalize her leadership role. She is thought to be one of her brother’s most powerful and trustworthy confidantes.
Last year, he was rated as the country’s “second de facto” by South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, but his official status has remained a mystery.
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