North Korean media has, as expected, hailed Kim Jong-un as his father’s natural successor. But it remains to be seen whether Kim Jong-un will exert his own power in the country, or whether he will merely be a puppet for the military.
North Korea is in a state of official mourning, but there are signs of great activity behind the scenes. The influential Rodong Sinmun newspaper, which is run by the ruling Workers’ party, has confirmed its support of Kim Jong-un, a move that is seen by many as a clear sign of the authorities’ support of the new leader.
The country has been ruled by the Kim family since its creation in 1948, and Kim Jong-un seems set to continue this lineage. Vocal support for the new ruler comes as some observers warn that the Korean People’s Army could oppose his ascension to the role of ‘supreme commander’.