information pills http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-includes/post-thumbnail-template.php geneva; font-size: small;”>The new leadership, which is a younger generation of leaders, including Mr. Xi Jinping and Mr. Li Keqiang, will head the world’s largest political party of 80 million supporters.
Mr. Xi, 59, the current vice president to 69-year-old President Hu Jiantao, is expected to take office as President of China in March 2013.
Both men — Xi and Li — were elected from the ruling Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Central Committee, of that Asian nation’s which comprises 1.3 billion persons, making it the most-populated nation on earth.
Both men were elected at the week-long 18th CPC party congress, which was held at the famous Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, China’s capital.
The CPC congress brought together more than 2,000 delegates.
However, some critics of China’s Communist Party said both men had long been selected and were only waiting to be ushered in, in order to fulfill the decisions and mandates of the CPC.
In his closing comments to the delegates, Mr. Hu Jiantao, out-going Chinese President and CPC general secretary said, “The congress elected a new central committee of the Party and replaced older leaders with younger ones.”
“We are convinced that all the decisions and plans adopted and all the achievements made at the Congress, which are of major current and far-reaching historical significance, will play an important role in guiding the all-around development of the great cause of socialism with Chinese characteristics and the great new undertaking of Party building,” President Hu added.
The new leaders, Mr. Xi and Mr. Li, are expected to become party leader and deputy respectively. Mr Xi, 59, is a member of the Standing Committee of the Politburo of the 17th CPC Central Committee, as well as vice-president and vice-chairman of the CPC Central Military Commission.
Mr. Li, 57, is also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the 17th CPC Central Committee and Vice-Premier. He also is set to succeed Premier Wen Jiabao, 70, next March.
The Central Committee is the highest working body in the CPC, whose most members are leading figures of the party, government and army.
The Central Committee, which has over 370 members, will tomorrow elect the politburo and its standing committee.
The CPC has been ruling China since the People’s Republic was founded in 1949. The CPC is the world’s largest political party, claiming a membership of over 80 million members.
The Central Committee meets every year to make decisions on major policies and is also responsible for appointing the most powerful people in China.
China’s leadership change happens every 10 years. The party’s congress opens with a work report from the General Secretary, who is usually the President of China.