North Korea held its "elections" this weekend, the first time the nation has "voted" since Kim Jong-un became its supreme leader (because his father died, not because he was voted into office). While this is Kim's first election, chances are pretty good he's going to win a second term, since his is the only name that appears on the ballot and a "no" vote or not voting at all would probably get you and your relatives killed.
Here are photos of North Koreans participating in the mandatory and meaningless process:
In the last elections, five years ago, 99 percent of the population voted. All of them were in favor of the one candidate on the ballot. It seems that the country did even better this year, already reporting a "perfect turnout."
North Korea celebrated International Women's Day yesterday.
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