List of heads of state of North Korea

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President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly
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Incumbent
Kim Yong-nam

since 5 September 1998
Inaugural holderKim Tu-bong
Formation9 September 1948
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The following is a list of heads of state of North Korea since its founding in 1948.

Heads of State of North Korea (1948–present)[edit]

Chairmen of the Standing Committee of the Supreme People's Assembly (1948–1972)[edit]

# Name
(Lifespan)
Took office Left office Political Party
1 Kim Tu-bong
(1889–1958)
9 September 1948 20 September 1957 Workers' Party of Korea
2 Choe Yong-gon
(1900–1976)
20 September 1957 28 December 1972 Workers' Party of Korea

President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (1972–1994)[edit]

President Term Election Vice Presidents
Kim Il Sung Portrait-2.jpg Kim Il-sung
김일성
1912–1994
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28 December 1972 16 December 1977 5th SPA Choe Yong-gon
Kang Yang-uk
Kim Tong-kyu
Kim Il
16 December 1977 6 April 1982 6th SPA Kim Il
Kang Yang-uk
Pak Song-chol
6 April 1982 29 December 1986 7th SPA Kim Il
Pak Song-chol
Rim Chun-chu
Ri Jong-ok
29 December 1986 24 May 1990 8th SPA Pak Song-chol
Rim Chun-chu
Ri Jong-ok
24 May 1990 8 July 1994 9th SPA Pak Song-chol
Rim Chun-chu
Ri Jong-ok
Kim Pyong-sik
Kim Yong-ju
Vacant
(8 July 1994 - 5 September 1998)

Kim Il-sung died in office and was named the Eternal President of the Republic. Thus, his son and successor as leader Kim Jong-il was never given the title of President, even after his death on December 17, 2011. Additionally, Il-sung's grandson and Jong-il's son and successor Kim Jong-un has also never been given the title of President.

Presidents of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly (1998–2009)[edit]

# Name
(Lifespan)
Took office Left office Political Party
- Kim Yong-nam
(1928–)
5 September 1998 incumbent Workers' Party of Korea[1]

After Kim Il-sung's death (Jul 8, 1994), the presidency was not reassigned. The functions of head of state were resumed by the President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly and this was ratified by the 1998 constitution.

Supreme Leader of North Korea (2009-)[edit]

# Name
(Lifespan)
Took office Left office Political Party
4 Kim Jong-il
(1941/42–2011)
8 July 1994 17 December 2011 Workers' Party of Korea
5 Kim Jong-un
(1983-)
17 December 2011 Incumbent Workers' Party of Korea

Since 2009, Supreme Leader is head of state of North Korea.[2][3][4][clarification needed]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ cahoon, ben. "Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea)". worldstatesmen.org. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  2. ^ http://www.yoojungtimes.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=news03&wr_id=42
  3. ^ http://www.tongilnews.com/news/articleView.html?idxno=120344
  4. ^ https://protocol.un.org/dgacm/pls/site.nsf/files/HSPMFM/$FILE/Hspmfm.pdf