The symbolic name change, analysts say, is aimed at bolstering Mr. Kim’s authority, as North Korea suffers from chronic mismanagement of its economy and is more isolated than ever due to the coronavirus.
Mr. Kim was elected president of the ruling party at its previous congress in 2016. The 8th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), which opened in Pyongyang on Tuesday, re-established a secretariat – abandoned in 2016 – and amended the job titles accordingly.
The North Korean leader was elected “unanimously” secretary general of the party on Sunday, the official North Korean news agency KCNA reported. “All the delegates expressed their full support” with a round of applause, she said.
This change of title comes as Kim Jong Un pledged Wednesday during the congress to strengthen the defense capabilities of the country, already a nuclear power.
There was also the observation of the failure of its economic policy, admitting that “almost all sectors” had not achieved their objectives.