New Delhi:  In a largely symbolic move seen aimed at further cementing his power, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday took over a new title of the general secretary of the ruling Workers’ Party, said state media KCNA. The election for the position that was formerly held by Kim’s late father and grandfather took place on Sunday during the party’s ongoing multi-year congress. It was designed for Kim to map out blueprints for his diplomatic, military and economic policy over the next five years and make key personnel decisions.Also Read - US President Biden, Japanese PM Kishida Discuss China, Nuke Weapons During First Formal Talks

Calling the position “head of the revolution and centre of guidance and unity”, the congress “fully approved” the proposal for promoting Kim to general secretary of the party, said KCNA. Also Read - North Korea Fires Suspected Ballistic Missile into Sea

As per a Reuters report, Kim has wielded almost absolute power in dynastically ruled North Korea since taking over following the death of his father Kim Jong Il in 2011. In 2012, the party named Kim Jong Il “eternal general secretary” and Kim Jong Un “the first secretary” at a conference. The party also held elections for its Central Committee, a key governing body that includes the powerful politburo. Also Read - North Korea Bans Its Citizens From Laughing, Drinking And Shopping For 11 Days. Know Why