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North Korean elite pledges loyalty to young leader Kim after purge

North Korean officials marked the second anniversary of former leader Kim Jong Il's death with a large memorial in Pyongyang on Tuesday (December 17), less than a week after his son and successor Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of a powerful family ally in a rare public purge. The young leader was the centre of attention at a large memorial in Pyongyang staged to mark the second anniversary of the death of his father, Kim Jong Il. The public display of fealty came only days after the execution last week of Kim Jong Un's uncle, Jang Song Thaek, considered the second most powerful man in North Korea. The ousting of Jang overlaps with a propaganda drive that has tied the younger Kim to his father's legacy in the weeks leading up to the anniversary. Official television KRT footage showed Kim Jong Un sitting centre stage beneath a huge red mural of a flag emblazoned with a picture of his smiling father. Kim, believed to be about 30, took over when his father

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