North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been named marshal of the army, receiving the country’s top military rank.
His new title, which puts him in charge of the armed forces, comes just two days after the dismissal of former military chief Ri Yong-ho.
The move sees Kim Jong-un adding to his array of titles and consolidating his power.
The young leader, who took over after the death of his father Kim Jong-il in December, has already begun replacing older officials with younger ones who have a background in economics as he tries to improve the country’s finances.
The removal of former army chief Yong-ho came as a shock to many – especially as “ill health” was the official reason given and he had appeared to be well at his most recent public appearances.
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