(Newsweek) The absence of one of North Korea’s top officials, General Hwang Pyong So, from leader Kim Jong Un's side continues to fuel speculation that he has fallen from favor and may have been executed.
Director of the hugely influential General Political Bureau of the North Korean military, the body tasked with ensuring ideological commitment within the ranks of the army, Hwang reportedly has been expelled from the Workers’ Party, where he'd served in a senior position in the politburo.
An unidentified South Korean source told South Korea publication Korea JoongAng Daily that Hwang was purged from the party for taking bribes. The source did not specify when the expulsion took place.
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