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Li Keqiang appointed as new Chinese Premier

15 March 2013

MINSK (BelTA) - Upon the recommendation of Chinese president Xi Jinping, Li Keqiang has been confirmed as the new Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China. Early this morning, delegates of the first session of the 12th National People's Congress (NPC) approved the nomination and voted for his appointment as the head of the government, news agencies reported.

Li Keqiang has superseded Wen Jiabao as the Premier of the State Council of the PRC. Traditionally, the head of Chinese Cabinet is elected for a 10-years period.

In November 2012, at the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Li Keqiang joined the renewed Central Politburo Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China – elite element of the party apparatus, consisting of seven members. Li Keqiang was born in 1955 in East China province of Anhui. In 1976, he became a member of the Communist Party. From 2004 to 2007 Li Keqiang was a Secretary of the CPC Liaoning Provincial Committee. In 2007, he joined the Politburo, and in 2008 was appointed Vice-premier of the State Council, where he was responsible for economic affairs.

Tomorrow, March 16, according to Chinese legislation, Li Keqiang have to nominate candidates for the positions of his deputies - Deputy Prime Minister of the State Council, as well as members of the State Council, the heads of various ministries and several government departments, including the People's Bank of China (Central Bank).  

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