19 Dec '11, 5am

North Korea's heir apparent even more enigmatic than his father #AFP

North Korea's heir apparent even more enigmatic than his father #AFP

SEOUL: The young man tipped to be North Korea's next leader and propel the Kim dynasty into a third generation is even more of an enigma than his mercurial father Kim Jong-Il, who has died at the age of 69. North Korean state media on Monday urged people to follow Kim's youngest son and heir apparent Kim Jong-Un, aged in his late 20s, after announcing that his father had died on Saturday, plunging the country into confusion. Kim Jong-Un's life is shrouded in mystery, but in recent years he has been pushed to the forefront as his father apparently speeded up plans for a second dynastic succession after suffering a stroke in August 2008. In September 2010 the son was made a four-star general and given senior ruling party posts, despite his lack of any military experience. It was only then that state media published his first-ever adult photograph. Since his elevation, Kim Jo...

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