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Chi reveals top leaders, Xi's successor not known

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 Oct 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, Oct 25: Chi on Wednesday announced its five new leaders who will join President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang in the elite Politburo Standing Committee which rules the world’s most populous country of 1.3 billion.

A day after the 19th tiol Congress of the Communist Party of Chi (CPC) ended, Xi Jinping, re-elected the party General Secretary for a second five-year term, introduced the new five members of the Standing Committee. The Standing Committee is the supreme body of the CPC, the world’s largest political body with 89 million members.

The five — Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng - will replace the outgoing members due to the unofficial retirement age of 68. Going by the unofficial retirement rule, all five should retire from the Standing Committee in 2022, which means none of them is likely to succeed Xi who will be 69 then.

At the 17th Party Congress in 2007, Xi was announced to succeed Hu Jintao as party’s General Secretary in 2012. There is speculation that Xi is eyeing a third term for the post of General Secretary, Chi’s top post. Xi has clearly emerged as Chi’s unrivaled leader since the legendary Mao Zedong, who established Communist rule in 1949. Xi’s me and doctrine were enshrined in the party’s constitution, which was amended on Tuesday on the closing day of the week-long congress. Only Mao and Deng Xiaoping enjoy this status.

Going by the numerical order the five were introduced, Li Zhanshu will be no.3 in the Standing Committee. The 67-year-old has been Xi’s chief of staff and may well be the country’s next Wang Qishan - the feared anti-graft czar.

Li may also get Chairmanship of tiol People’s Congress, Chi’s rubber-stamp Parliament. He has accompanied Xi to the all crucial trips including the US where the President met his American counterpart Dold Trump.

Wang Yang, one of the four Vice Premiers, has served as the party chief of megacities like Chongqing and Guangdong. Once a manual labourer, Wang is reported to have played a key role in Chi’s anti-poverty campaign which is close to Xi Jinping. He has a vast administrative experience.

Wang Huning, 62, is an adviser to Xi and played the same role during the reins of Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin. (IANS)

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