Leadership Reshuffle Prioritises Stability Over Change
BMI View: North Korea's government reshuffle prioritises stability over personnel and foreign policy changes and economic reform, all of which would be risky at this time.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has prioritised political stability over sweeping change in the government reshuffle that took place on April 9. All state institutions, including the powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), cabinet, and judiciary, saw fresh appointments at the first session of the new Supreme People's Assembly (SPA, the rubber-stamp parliament), which was nominally elected on March 9. The SPA session was especially closely watched, because it was the first major political event following Kim's execution of his uncle Jang Song Thaek on treason and corruption charges last December. Jang had been North Korea's de facto number two man since the late 1990s, and his demise was the biggest political shock in the country for many years, if not decades. It also reflected a power struggle at the heart of the regime.
No Sweeping Purge After Jang's Death