North Korean parliamentary election, 1998

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North Korean parliamentary election, 1998

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All 687 seats to the Supreme People's Assembly

  First party
  Kim Jong il Portrait.jpg
Leader Kim Jong-il
Party Workers' Party
Alliance Fatherland Front
Leader's seat 666th
Seats won
594 / 687
Seat change 0

PM before election

Hong Song-nam
Fatherland Front

Elected PM

Hong Song-nam
Fatherland Front

Emblem of North Korea.svg
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Parliamentary elections were held in North Korea on 26 July 1998.[1] 687 deputies were elected to the tenth Supreme People's Assembly. There was only one nominated candidate per constituency - 687 candidates for 687 seats. According to the state news agency KCNA, the turnout rate was 99.85%, and 100% of participating voters cast their ballots in favour of the registered candidates.[2] Kim Jong-il was unanimously elected in constituency n°666.[3] According to a Rodong Sinmun editorial, this proved "how deep the Korean people's trust in Kim Jong Il is and how powerful and solid the monolithic unity of the people around him in one thought and purpose and with moral obligation is."[4]

The election was three years overdue, the latest election having been in 1990, the planned 1995 elections were cancelled due to a period of mourning instituted after the death of Kim Il-sung. In its first session on 5 September 1998, the newly-elected parliament amended laws to reflect the succession of Kim Jong-il.[5]

Election results[edit]

Alliance Party Votes (%) Seats
Democratic Front
for the Reunification
of the Fatherland
Workers' Party of Korea 100.00% 601
Korean Social Democratic Party 52
Chondoist Chongu Party 24
Independents 10
Total 100.00% 687
Turnout: 99.85%