The leaders of North Korea and Zimbabwe are both ill or aged and expected to be succeeded shortly. Who would replace them?
In North Korea, the most likely successor may be the third son of Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong-un. Just like the “Great Leader” label of his grandfather and “Dear Leader” title of his father, he is named “Brilliant Comrade”, and is reported to be line up to succeed his father as the head of the Korean Workers’ Party. That would make him the de-facto head of state of North Korea. (Please note that the photo above alleged to be of Kim Jong-un has since been refuted as a picture of him, and we still don’t have a good idea of what he looks like.)
Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, Joice Mujuru is the person believed most likely to succeed President Robert Mugabe and has the nom-de-guerre Teurai Ropa (“Bloodspiller”) from the civil war, in which she rose to become one of the first women commanders in the liberation forces forces. At independence in 1980, she became the youngest of Mugabe’s cabinet ministers, and has been vice president since 2004.
In both countries, the new bosses won’t be the same as the old bosses. While Kim Jong-un has been educated in Switzerland and could be a force for positive change in North Korea, there is fear that the opposite is true in Zimbabwe looking at Joice’s violent biography and policies.