North Korea lauded Kim Jong-un as its new “Supreme Leader” on Thursday.
The son of the late Kim Jong-il appeared at a military parade in Pyongyang’s main square with some 100,000 soldiers in attendance.
Kim Jong-un, who is in his late twenties and has little political experience, is the third member of his family to lead the reclusive state.
His father ruled North Korea for 17 years after the death of his grandfather and the country’s founder, Kim Il-Sung, in 1994.
The younger Kim’s appointment comes a day after Kim Jong-il’s funeral, who, according to North Korean state media, died from a heart attack on December 17 at the age of 69.
He inherits an impoverished country that is unable to feed its own people but has a nuclear weapons programme that has made it the target of western sanctions.