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N Korea Holds Parliamentary Poll, In A Very Bizarre Fashion?

People in North Korea(no pressure mind you) are voting in parliamentary elections that observers say could give a clue to the country's eventual succession.

The elections to the Supreme People's Assembly are always a formality, with each candidate elected unopposed.

But for the first time, one of leader Kim Jong-il's sons - Kim Jong-un - is rumoured to be on the ballot.

There has been much speculation over the health of Kim Jong-il, after reports that he had a stroke last year.

Mr Kim is not known to have named his successor and Western diplomats fear any leadership crisis could further raise tensions on the peninsula.

Grooming for power

The BBC's John Sudworth in the South Korean capital, Seoul, says that Kim Jong-un, the president's Swiss-educated third son, is thought to be his father's most likely successor.

It is a theory that would be given a boost if, as rumou

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Added: Mar-8-2009 Occurred On: Mar-8-2009
By: barnesy
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