Monday, October 22, 2007

Politburo in China Gets Four New Members

By JOSEPH KAHN in New York Times

BEIJING, Monday, Oct. 22 — The Communist Party announced a new leadership lineup on Monday morning that anoints two future leaders of the country and modestly enhances the authority of President Hu Jintao.

The reshuffle promotes four officials to the nine-man Politburo Standing Committee, the country’s top ruling body, including two provincial leaders expected to inherit the posts of party general secretary and prime minister in five years’ time.

Three former members of the Standing Committee, including Vice President Zeng Qinghong, who did not owe their positions to Mr. Hu’s patronage, were officially retired. That likely increases Mr. Hu’s ability to rally support within the governing party for his domestic and international priorities. Read Full Article

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