lørdag 11. mars 2023

Li Qiang: China elects Xi Jinping ally as premier

The man nominated as China's next premier by President Xi Jinping has been formally elected by parliament. Li Qiang is the former Communist Party leader of China's biggest city, Shanghai. The 63-year-old received almost every vote from more than 2,900 delegates at the National People's Congress.

A close ally of President Xi, he is considered a pragmatist and will be tasked with reviving the country's struggling economy. No reporters were allowed in the room while ballots were cast during a meeting of China's rubber-stamp parliament. There was applause as Mr Xi cast his vote. Mr Li received a total of 2,936 votes, with just three delegates voting against his appointment and eight abstaining. He then took an oath, swearing to be loyal to China's constitution and to "work hard to build a prosperous, strong, democratic, civilised, harmonious and great modern socialist country".