Thursday, 18 July, 2019

Li Keqiang re-elected PM of China

Chinese President Xi Jinping left shakes hands with Premier Li Keqiang after Li was re-elected as Premier during a plenary meeting of China's National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing Li Keqiang re-elected PM of China
Patty Aguilar | 19 March, 2018, 13:09

Xi, 64, was yesterday re-elected unanimously by 2970 deputies of the NPC, days after it ratified constitutional amendment to remove the decades old two-term limit for the president and vice president posts.

The premier is traditionally China's top economic official, but Xi has stripped Li of numerous post's most prominent duties by appointing himself to lead party bodies that oversee economic reform and state industry.

Critics say the move overturning a push to institutionalize China's ruling practices dating from 1982 will likely lead to increased political repression and possible infighting among party factions seeking to promote their own candidates within the closed system. Li was nominated for the premiership by Xi.

The Communist Party's official organ People's Daily hailed Mr Xi as a "leader loved and respected by the people". Xi is also head of the armed forces, the world's largest.

After the results were announced, the new leaders each took an oath of allegiance to China's constitution, although the ceremony lacked the goose-stepping guards of honour that graced Xi's swearing in on Saturday.

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He was also re-elected as the chairman of the Central Military Commission which is the overall high command of the two million strong Chinese military, the world's largest.

Other officials who got elected included was Yang Xiaodu director of the national supervisory commission, a newly formed anti-corruption body with statuary powers.

Xi Jinping (L, front) shakes hands with Li Keqiang at the sixth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 18, 2018.

"Really no one is going to shout and moan too much" because growth and stability are considered so important, Brown said Friday in a talk to foreign media in Beijing.

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