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Re: Is North Korea a monarchy?
Posted by Gary on 10/1/2012, 1:16:27, in reply to "Re: Is North Korea a monarchy?"
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: A monarchy is a country where the head of
: state is one person. He/she holds the office
: for life. A third definition is that the
: Monarch cannot be prosecuted.
Here is a catch: The person who acts as "head of state" in North Korea - in terms of accrediting and receiving credentials of ambassadors - is not the actual supreme leader, but the president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Council (Kim Yong Nam). This is after the manner of the late Soviet Union in which the dictator was rarely the formal head of state.
: North Korea looks more and more like a
: monarchy. But I don't know if the current
: system has been institutionalised.
There does not seem to be an official law of succession. As with other Communist states, there is some sort of nebulous process by which the heir apparent was appointed by his father.
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