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North Korea elects new members of local councils

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Posted: Jul 26, 2011 12:44 AM
North Korea elects new members of local councils

North Korea says about 28,000 people have received 100 percent voter support in rubber-stamp local council elections.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Tuesday that the election results show that the North Korean people are firmly united behind leader Kim Jong Il to build a powerful nation ahead of the 2012 centennial of the birth of the country's founder Kim Il Sung.

North Koreans receive ballots that leave them with little choice but to approve candidates who have already been selected by officials.

The North says voter turnout was 99.97 percent for Sunday's local elections.

The 69-year-old Kim is strengthening his younger son's power as ruler-in-waiting. Analysts predicted that the North would place those loyal to the son in local council positions.