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North Korea promotes Kim relative to key post, making him possible kingmaker in succession

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The brother-in-law of Kim Jong Il was promoted to the No. 2 spot in the secretive nation's leadership, a position that could allow him to become the next ruler or a kingmaker who will decide which of Kim's sons succeeds his father.The announcement was made after a rare parliamentary session reportedly attended by the reclusive Kim, who is believed to have suffered a stroke two years ago. It was difficult to assess the 68-year-old leader's health because Pyongyang's state-run television only showed a long shot of him, sitting behind a desk in the middle of a long line of parliamentarians.The rubber-stamp parliament, or the Supreme People's Assembly, usually meets once each year to approve bills vetted by the ruling Workers' Party . The body met in April, and no reason was given for holding Monday's unusual second session.The session came amid worsening economic woes, pressing succession issues and a South Korean campaign to get the United Nations to punish Pyon...

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