Li Keqiang was endorsed as Chinese premier Friday morning at a meeting of the ongoing first session of the 12th National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature.
Nearly 3,000 NPC deputies voted to approve Li’s nomination as Chinese premier made by newly-elected President Xi Jinping at the meeting.
Li is the seventh premier since the People’s Republic of China was founded in 1949, replacing Wen Jiabao who had headed the State Council since 2003.
Li, born in 1955 in Anhui Province, joined the Communist Party of China (CPC) in 1976 and graduated from Peking University with law and economics degrees.
After working as provincial leaders in Henan and Liaoning provinces, he was elected to the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in 2007 and appointed as vice premier in 2008.
Li was re-elected to the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee in November 2012.
The selection of vice-chairpersons and members of the Central Military Commission (CMC) of the People’s Republic of China was decided, and the president of the Supreme People’s Court and the procurator-general of the Supreme People’s Procuratorate were elected, at the meeting.
Delegations to the NPC session will hold meetings Friday afternoon to deliberate on the candidates for vice premiers, state councilors, ministers, ministers in charge of various commissions, central bank governor, auditor-general and secretary-general of the State Council. They will also deliberate on the candidates for chairpersons, vice chairpersons and members of the special committees of the 12th NPC.
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