- where new converts are clothed in CPP garb and sometimes burn symbols of the CNRP - have long been ridiculed as political theatre.
Last year saw the lowest number of defections
to South Korea since Kim Jong Un took over the country.
South Korean guards fired up to 20 warning shots at North Korean troops searching for a soldier who had defected on Thursday, Yonhap news agency said, after officials in the South confirmed the latest defection
across the heavily militarised border.
The latest defection
came about 40 days after another North Korean soldier fled to the South through the Joint Security Area (JSA) at the truce village of Panmunjeom.
The UN Command said North Korea's actions during the November 13 defection
violated the armistice ending the 1950-53 Korean War because North Korean soldiers fired across and physically crossed the border in pursuit of the soldier.
The Department of State prioritizes defeating armed groups such as the LRA by promoting defections
, work undertaken by the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization (CSO).
In the meantime, a security sources reported that recent defections
from Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at are related to the upcoming Astana talks on Syrian crisis because Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at will be possibly registered in the list of terrorist groups.
Observers are keen to stress that the defection
is an "additional indication of the increasing political unraveling of the regime, as over the past weeks, a number of important defections
have occurred at the level of high ranking military officers and from the narrow circle of decision makers in the regime.
The Rajiv Gandhi government had introduced the law as several defections
were witnessed in the 1980s.
Please note, I write this as someone who voted for none of the parties involved in the two defections
Though the defections
appear to be individual actions, Salamey said they ought to be a wake-up call that helps identify whether there is unease within the ranks of the Army, which should take seriously and investigate the incidents to determine if the defections
were a result of personal issues or if they had an ideological or sectarian component.
DAVID Cameron will today aim to turn around the fortunes of a Tory Party rattled by the referendum and UKIP defections