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I'd like to say that his death might be a hopeful thing, but that sister of his seems like the real hard-liner of the family, and less likely to politely drop dead.



sethnintendo said:
loy310 said:
I am glad that on this planet dictators tend to have very short life expectancy

There were a lot of old ones in Africa but I think most are gone now.

If you include those that are masquerading as presidents then there are still a few fairly old ones around. Putin for example.



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NightlyPoe said:
I'd like to say that his death might be a hopeful thing, but that sister of his seems like the real hard-liner of the family, and less likely to politely drop dead.

It might not be as clear-cut as that. Apparently, he was confident enough in his living a long and fruitful life that he never actually bothered to designate an official successor should anything happen to him. North Korea is technically still a republic rather than a monarchy, it's just been ruled by the same family for 70+ years because Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il were actually smart enough to have their line of succession sorted out.



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OlfinBedwere said:
NightlyPoe said:
I'd like to say that his death might be a hopeful thing, but that sister of his seems like the real hard-liner of the family, and less likely to politely drop dead.

It might not be as clear-cut as that. Apparently, he was confident enough in his living a long and fruitful life that he never actually bothered to designate an official successor should anything happen to him. North Korea is technically still a republic rather than a monarchy, it's just been ruled by the same family for 70+ years because Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il were actually smart enough to have their line of succession sorted out.

I imagine it's not clear cut.  But what's the likely alternative?  His children are all too young, their brother is uninterested, and his aunt became estranged when her husband was executed.

It's hard to imagine a regency for child heirs in this day and age, even in North Korea.  Which leaves either Kim Yo Jong taking power or the Kims being removed in favor of some party leader.  And they purged anyone who might have assumed power several years ago.

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He's dead, right? Or is Twitter jumping the gun?



 

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John2290 said:
He's dead, right? Or is Twitter jumping the gun?

Probably jumping the gun not depending on the matter at all. That said, I haven't seen any credible reports of his death so far, so he's probably not dead (but could be).



Just thinking out loud, all call it daydreaming...But, what if he's dead and there's a large internal power struggle over his successor, and China gets involved...and they, by some act of miracle, allow South Korea to absorb the North and reunify the country. Wouldn't that be a huge gift to the world? Again, I know I'm dreaming, but it would be nice if it could possibly happen.



Zkuq said:
John2290 said:
He's dead, right? Or is Twitter jumping the gun?

Probably jumping the gun not depending on the matter at all. That said, I haven't seen any credible reports of his death so far, so he's probably not dead (but could be).

I can just imagine Kim coming out and spitting in Korean "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated beeeches" A modern day Mark Twain story. 



 

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