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Kim son declared 'supreme leader' at father's memorial

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PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) -- North Korea's power brokers have publicly named Kim Jong Un the country's supreme leader for the first time.

They made the declaration today at a massive public memorial for his father, Kim Jong Il, cementing the family's hold on power for another generation.

Hundreds of thousands filled Pyongyang's main square for the memorial that doubled as a show of support for the new leader. As he watched the ceremony from a balcony above the square, Kim Jong Un was flanked by top party and military officials. They included Kim Jong Il's younger sister and her husband, who are expected to serve as mentors for their nephew, who's in his late 20s.

Life in the North Korean capital came to a standstill for the second day of funeral ceremonies for Kim Jong Il, who ruled for 17 years after inheriting power from his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung.

Kim Jong Il died of a heart attack Dec. 17 at age 69.

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