North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un Is Reportedly In A Coma After Declining Health
In the past few months, there has been so much media speculation about the health of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. After botched heart surgery, the leader was not been seen in the public eye for weeks. He was even suspected to be dead a few months ago. Now, the New York Post has reported that the leader is in a coma.
Chang Song-min Says He Assesses Kim Jong Un To Be In A Coma
“I assess him to be in a coma, but his life has not ended,” Chang Song-min, a former aide to late South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung said to the press. This comes after the previous speculation that Kim was already dead after failing to make public appearances in the months of April and May. One of the few times Kim was seen in public before creating buzz about his health was April 11. This, of course, did not help with the rumors of his death. He also did not attend the Day of the Sun celebration to honor his grandfather Kim Il-Sung. He attends every year. The leader was speculated to not have shown up as a prevention measure for COVID-19. It is the most important holiday in the country, so for a leader to miss it, it is a very big deal.
Who Will Succeed Him?
His sister Kim Yo Jong will become his successor. She has formally served as a vice director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Central Committee. Kim Yo Jong is 33 years old and has always been at the forefront of the family’s involvement in politics. She has reportedly been groomed for power since she was a little girl. Kim Yo Jong is only the second woman who has held such a high position of power in North Korea’s governing body.
However, North Korea has never had a female leader. Can she be the first? It is certainly looking like that will become a reality after this news.
Kim Jong Un Is Known For Disappearing From The Public Eye
Being absent from the public eye is something Kim is used to doing. In 2014 there was a period where he was not seen for 41 days. There was even a time in 2008 where his father was not seen in the media for 51 days. Kim Jong-Un has continuously gone periods of 15 days before he has made a public appearance. In 2020 he has disappeared fro 21 days between January and February as well as another 19 days between March and April.
“Kim Yo-jong, the first vice department director of the Workers’ Party Central Committee, is steering overall state affairs on the delegation,” though Kim her brother still maintains “absolute authority” according to South Korea’s National Intelligence Service.
The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea for seven decades and are no strangers to controversy and media speculation.