File - A man believed to be Choe talks with Kim at a military parade, April 15, 2013.
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North Korea signaled a key leadership change with the announcement Friday that the man seen as supreme leader Kim Jong Un's No. 2 had been replaced as political chief of the military.The post is viewed as the second most important in the military after Kim, who is supreme commander.It was not immediately clear what had become of Choe, who was widely believed to have moved into the role of North Korea's unofficial No. 2 following the execution in December of Kim's uncle and political mentor, Jang Song Thaek.Yang agreed that Hwang was now effectively No. 2 in the country, given his military rank, position and personal access to the supreme leader.Hwang, 64, was a top official in the ruling party's Organization Guidance Department with a portfolio that included the physical and political protection of Kim Jong Un.
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