Kim Jong-un, Nobel Laureate and son of former dictator Kim Jong-il was elected as president
of a unified Korea in the first democratic elections held in the newly reunited country. More
than seventy percent of the country's combined population turned out to give him an
overwhelming majority in the popular vote.
Polls suggest that Jong-un's appeal is derived from his stance of unification, equality and an
historical perspective of Korea as a great cultural power. While supporters have
enthusiastically embraced his message, some critics have decried his viewpoints and
messages as overly nationalist and jingoistic. The Korean president is also commander and
chief of the military, and serves for a non-renewable 5 year term.