Quick Take: Five Members of Politburo Standing Committee Not Re-Elected to Key Party Body
The Communist Party’s top decision-making body, the Politburo Standing Committee, will see a major reshuffling, as five of its seven members were not re-elected to the party’s Central Committee, which will in turn pick the new Politburo members.
Among the members of the Politburo Standing Committee, only Xi Jinping and Li Keqiang are included in the new list of the party’s Central Committee. Xi and Li have been the country’s president and premier respectively since March 2013.
The new members of the Politburo Standing Committee will be announced and introduced to the media at about noon Wednesday, according to Xinhua.
The 19th National Congress of the party elected 204 members and 172 alternate members of the new Central Committee on Tuesday, the congress’s last day, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
Delegates to the 19th National Party Congress vote on resolutions on Tuesday, the last day of the congress. Photo: Xinhua
Losing their Central Committee seats were Wang Qishan, China’s top anti-graft official; Zhang Dejiang, who also serves the country’s top legislator; Yu Zhengsheng, the top adviser to the central government; Liu Yunshan, who oversees the party’s publicity affairs; and Zhang Gaoli, a vice premier of the State Council, China’s cabinet.
Meanwhile, Zhao Leji, a member of the party’s 25-member Politburo, has been elected to the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the party’s top anti-corruption agency. Zhao, who heads the party’s Organization Department, which oversees personnel assignments, was also elected to the party’s Central Committee.
The weeklong National Congress of the party also passed a resolution on Tuesday to establish “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era” as an addition to the party constitution in a revision of the charter.
The new Central Committee will have its first plenary session Wednesday to elect a new Politburo and that body’s Standing Committee.
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