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DPRK elects new parliament members

THE Democratic People's Republic of Korea voted yesterday to elect legislators to the country's parliament.

The election is the first since leader Kim Jong Il, 67, reportedly suffered a stroke last August. Polls scheduled for last year were postponed as Kim disappeared from the public eye.

But Kim appears to have recovered, officials from the Republic of Korea say, and has been making a busy tour of factories, farming collectives and military units around the country.

Parliament has 687 deputies including Kim, who has led the country since his father's death in 1994 and is running for his third five-year term.

Experts predict Kim will fill the new parliament with finance-savvy figures to help revive the country's economy.

All registered voters cast ballots except for some abroad or on ships, official Korean Central News Agency said without providing an exact turnout figure. The results are expected today.

Footage aired on state TV showed soldiers dancing and singing in the plaza outside the polling booth at Constituency No. 333, where Kim was the sole candidate. They danced and clapped to a brass band and a singing military trio on a nearby stage.

Inside, soldiers waited in line for their ballots, which they placed solemnly with both hands in a white box flanked by red flowers. They then gazed up at the portraits of Kim and his father, the DPRK founder Kim Il Sung, before backing away respectfully.

Later yesterday, state TV released a photo of Kim casting his ballot. Kim was seen wearing his trademark jumpsuit and a pair of big, gold-rimmed glasses.


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