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23 May 2024

China names premier, top judge and prosecutor

By Agencies


China's parliament re-elected Wen Jiabao as premier on Sunday, but a next-generation leader was passed over for promotion to a top military job.

The rubber-stamp National People's Congress gave Wen, ranked third in the Communist Party hierarchy, a second five-year mandate with 2,926 votes for, 21 against and 12 abstentions.

People's Liberation Army Generals Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong were elected vice-chairman of the decision-making Central Military Commission.

A Hong Kong newspaper had said next-generation leader Xi Jinping would become the third vice-chairman of the military commission, but he was not on the ballot on Sunday.

If Xi, who was elected vice-president on Saturday, had been given the military portfolio, it would have cemented his role as heir apparent to President Hu Jintao, who doubles as Communist Party and military chief.

Parliament also endorsed the nominations of Wang Shengjun as the country's top judge and Cao Jianming as the top prosecutor. (Reuters)