Havana, Dec 19 (Prensa Latina) Cuba’s government today declared official mourning for the death last Saturday by the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Il.
According to a note read through the National Television, the State Council established the duel, which will run on 20, 21 and 22 December.
During those days, the Cuban flag shall be flown at half mast on public buildings and military institutions, the statement said.
Kim Jong Il, 69, died last Saturday because of a heart attack while he was working with a trip by train.
Korean leader began working in 1964 at the Central Committee of the Workers Party of Korea (WPK) and in February 1974 became a member of Central Committee Political Bureau. Since October 1980, Kim Jong Il was a member of the Presidium of the Political Bureau, secretary of the WPK Central Committee and member of the Central Military Commission.
In his long political career he was also elected deputy to the Supreme People’s Assembly from 1982 to 1998 and from December 1992 to April 1993, in succession, Supreme Commander of the KPA, and later senior vice president of the Commission National Defence.
On October 8, 1997, Kim Jong Il became general secretary of the WPK and received the honorary title of Hero of the DPRK in 1975 and 1982.
Among many honors and awards, in April 1992 was given the title of Marshal of the DPRK.