Odds Already Out For Kim Jong-un’s Possible Replacement

  • Kim Jong-un has been ill and is rumored to be on the verge of passing away.
  • There have been questions about who is going to step in as the leader of North Korea.
  • Kim Jong-un’s sister has been rumored to be next in line.

PYONGYANG, North Korea — As rumors continue to arise about the current state of health of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, questions have arisen about who will be his successor if and when he is pronounced dead.

Online Sportsbooks have odds listed for who is the favorite to take over the leadership position.

Kim Jong-un’s Replacement

Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, has been seen as the one that is going to take over if and when Kim Jong-un is dead. She has had an interest in the politics of North Korea from a young age. Online sportsbooks have her as the current favorite to take over as leader at -135 odds.

She is, however, facing one huge obstacle. First off, she is a woman in an extremely male state. That alone makes it hard to imagine her taking over. Something else that should be taken note of is that since North Korea was founded in 1948, only male members of the Kim family have been in charge.

Second in line after Kim Yo-Jong is Kim Pyong-il, an uncle of Kim Jong-un. He holds the second-highest odds to take over at +160. He has held many different ambassador roles in Europe since 1979. Being that he has only returned to North Korea since last year, he does not have the network to force his way in as leader.

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Next, Choe Ryong-hae, possibly the second most powerful man in North Korea has his political odds to take over as leader listed at +900. He has held many high positions for the military and is responsible for forcing loyalty throughout the regime.

Kim Jong-chol should be considered a longshot to take over with his +1300 odds. He is Kim Jong-un’s older brother and the one who pushed the way for the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un. But, he has lived a quiet life away from the country for most of his life.

He has somewhat fallen off after a collapsed relationship with the United States but is not expected to stay in the rearview for long.