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North Korea Holds Elections

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A woman receives a ballot to vote to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 9, 2014.

A woman receives a ballot to vote to elect deputies to the 13th Supreme People's Assembly in Pyongyang, North Korea, March 9, 2014.

Voters in North Korea are heading to the polls to elect a new rubber-stamp parliament, although they do not get to choose who to vote for, since there is only one candidate for each of the 687 constituencies.

The vote Sunday for the Supreme People's Assembly is the first in five years and the first under young leader Kim Jong Un.

The assembly is the most powerful body under North Korea's constitution, but in reality has little political power.

Analysts are paying close attention to the outcome of the election for indications of a power shift after the execution of Mr. Kim's once-powerful uncle, Jang Song Thaek, in December.

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