li qiangconsidered one of the trusted men closest to the regime Xi Jinpingwas appointed this Saturday as new prime minister of china.
The former manager of communist party in Shanghai, who oversaw the two months of chaotic COVID confinementhappens to li keqiang who leaves the wallet after ten years.
The 63-year-old leader received almost all the votes of the more than 2,900 delegates meeting at the annual session of the National People’s Congress (APN), which on Friday re-elected Xi Jinping for an unprecedented third term.
He prime minister of china tops the council of state. Its functions are traditionally linked to the day-to-day management of the country and the macroeconomic policy direction.
Li will have the mission of revive the economy and to advance guidelines such as achieving the “scientific and technological self-sufficiency”, a response to Washington’s ban on the manufacture of US chips for Chinese companies.
Xi’s resolution appointing li qiang as Prime Minister was read aloud in the hall of the Great Hall of the People Beijing during the morning of this Saturday.
Li’s rise seemed in jeopardy after his management of the lockdown of Shanghai, the most populous city and economic center of China, whose inhabitants had problems accessing food and medical care.
But this record was sidelined in the Chinese regime’s strategy of surrounding itself with faithful in the high spheres of power and in October he was promoted to number two of the Communist Party.
Unlike most of its predecessors, Li Qiang has no experience in central government, but it shows a wide baggage in the local administration.
Was the Xi’s chief of staff when he led the party in the coastal region of Zhejiang (east) between 2004 and 2007.
His rapid promotions since then reflect the high level of trust Xi Jinping places in him.
On Saturday, Xi and Li exchanged smiles and pleasantries at the time of the vote, which featured 2,936 votes in favour, three against and eight abstentions.
On the other hand, the ANP also approved the appointment of Zhang Youxia and of He Weidong as vice ministers of the Central Military Commission (CMC) or that of Zhang Jun as president of the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of Chinathe highest court in the country.
The ANP thus culminates a structural renewal process after Xi consolidated his absolute power, achieving a third term of five years (2023-2028). To achieve this, the body approved in 2018 a constitutional amendment which removed the limit of two consecutive terms for Chinese presidents.
In addition, Wang Huning, another of Xi’s closest allies, was named president of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conferencethe highest political advisory body in the country.
Last October, Xi Jinping revalidated his position as general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Thus, the control of the president over the three arms of power is reinforced: the State, the PCCh and the Army.
(With information from EFE and AFP)
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