Kim Jong-un‘s younger sister has been appointed to the central committee of the Korean Workers’ Party.
Kim Yo-jong, who is believed to be 28, already holds positions of power in the North Korean government, and is frequently seen by her brother’s side during state trips around the country.
She is reportedly the deputy director of the Workers’ Party and handles top priorities on behalf of North Korea’s propaganda department.
Kim Yo-jong made her political debut in March 2014, when her name was mentioned following the election results of the Supreme People’s Assembly, Yonhap reported.
Her rise to power is drawing comparisons to the rise then demise of her aunt Kim Kyong-hui, who went missing after her husband, Jang Sung-taek, was executed on charges of treason and corruption in late 2013.
As Kim Jong-il‘s sister, Kim Kyong-hui was a trusted confidante who was appointed a member of the party when she was in her early 40s, at a later stage in life than Kim Yo-jong.