Research and Analysis on the DPRK Leadership
Minister of Chemical Industry, Yi Mu-yo’ng (Ri Mu Yong), was appointed Vice Premier of the Cabinet. Ri was first elected to the SPA in 1998 and was elected a member of the Party Central Committee (CC KWP) in September 2010. He has worked as minister since his appointment in September 2003 during the 1st session (plenum) of the 11th SPA. KCNA reported on the 31 May decision:
Ri Mu Yong was appointed as vice-premier of the DPRK Cabinet, according to a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly promulgated on Tuesday.
It seems Yi is filling the vacancy left by the retirement of Yi T’ae-nam which occurred during the 4th session (plenum) of the 12th SPA on 7 April 2011. If this is the case, Pyongyang watchers may wonder why the vacancy was not filled during the April SPA session, and what event or circumstances (if any) underscore the appointment.
With Yi’s appointment the current line-up of the DPRK’s Premier and Vice Premiers of the Cabinet is: