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North Korea military head Ri Yong-ho removed from post

  • North Korean military head Ri Yong-ho has been removed from all official posts, according to state media.

    Along with being head of the army, he was also the vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission and held top ranks in the ruling Workers' Party.

    The party said Ri had been relieved from his posts "because of illness".

    The decision was made at a meeting of the Workers' Party Central Committee politburo on Sunday.

    Hyon Yong Chol has been named as his successor.

    Analysts have said the unexpected shakeup in leadership will be examined to see the direction in which Kim Jong-un, seen as young and inexperienced, will take the country.