North Korea releases shots of thousands of soldiers 'celebrating' the re-election of Kim Jong Un

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A mass rally was held in Kim Il Sung square following the governmental changes in the capital of Pyongyang to celebrate Kim Jon Un.

Thousands of uniformed soldiers obediently celebrated as, in an expected move, Kim Jong Un was re-elected as chairman of the State Affairs Commission at a session of North Korea's rubber-stamp legislature that took place on Thursday, Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.

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And for for the first time, state media in North Korea now referred to Kim as 'supreme representative of all the Korean people.'

That title was approved by special decree in February, according to the Associated Press, but has not been used publicly until Friday.

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In one of the biggest leadership shake-ups in years, North Korea named a new nominal head of state and a new premier, and gave leader Kim Jong Un the new title, state media reported on Friday, moves analysts said solidify Kim's grip on power.

It's unclear whether the changes will be codified in the constitution, but analysts said the shake-up shows Kim has fully come into his own, eight years after he inherited rule from his father, Kim Jong Il.

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'The transition and power consolidation of the Kim Jong Un regime is complete,' said Michael Madden, a nonresident North Korea leadership expert with the Stimson Center, a Washington-based think tank.

'This is probably the largest party-government shake-up in many years,' he said.

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Since early 2018 Kim has embarked on a push for economic development and international engagement, including historic summits with the leaders of the United States, China and South Korea.

In a message congratulating Kim on his re-election as chairman, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China highly values its friendship with North Korea and is willing to push forward the bilateral relations, China's foreign ministry said on Friday.

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