North Korea, officially the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, has been ruled by the Kim family since its establishment in 1948.
Kim Il-sung ruled the country till his death in 1994. His son Kim Jong-il led the country till 2011, followed by Kim Jong-il’s son Kim Jong-un thereafter.
However, in 1998, North Korea amended its constitution and named Kim Il-sung its Eternal Leader. (Eternal Chairman of the Republic).
The amended section now reads: “Under the leadership of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and the Korean people will hold the great leader Comrade Kim Il-sung in high esteem as the eternal President of the Republic”
Therefore, Kim Il-sung is officially the leader of the DPRK until the regime falls or the constitution is amended someday in future.
Pic: Mansudae Grand Monument with giant statues of Kim Il-sung (L) and Kim Jong-il (Nicor, Wikimedia Commons)