Wang Yang elected as chairman of CPPCC

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Wang Yang was yesterday elected chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the country's top political advisory body.
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Wang Yang was yesterday elected chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, the country’s top political advisory body.

Wang was elected at the fourth plenary meeting of the first session of the 13th CPPCC National Committee by more than 2,100 political advisers.

Yu Zhengsheng, chairman of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, shook hands with Wang amid warm applause after the result was announced.

Wang, who was born in 1955 in Suzhou of east China’s Anhui Province, began his first job in 1972 and joined the Communist Party of China in 1975.

He received a university education at the Central Party School, and holds a Master of Engineering degree.

Wang had worked as a teacher and as a Party and government official in Anhui until 1999, and later held Party and government posts in central and local bodies, such as Party chief of southwest China’s Chongqing and also south China’s Guangdong Province, and deputy secretary-general of the State Council.

He has been vice premier since 2013.

At the first plenary session of the 19th CPC Central Committee last October, Wang was elected a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee.

Altogether 24 vice chairmen and women and 300 Standing Committee members were also elected at yesterday’s plenary meeting.

Xia Baolong was elected secretary-general of the CPPCC National Committee. 

The newly elected chairman and vice chairmen and women are aged 64 on average. 

Among them, 11 are CPC members, four are from ethnic minority groups, and two are women.

The Standing Committee members are aged 59.3 on average, 65 percent of whom are not CPC members.

A total of 33 Standing Committee members are from ethnic minority groups, and 39 are women.

The session’s presidium adopted a draft resolution earlier yesterday on the work report of the Standing Committee of the 12th CPPCC National Committee, a draft resolution on an amendment to the CPPCC charter, a draft report on the examination of proposals, and a draft political resolution on the first session of 13th CPPCC National Committee.

It was decided that all the drafts would be submitted to today’s closing meeting for approval.

The CPPCC is an important organ for multiparty cooperation and political consultation led by the CPC. 

The annual session of the CPPCC this year, which opened on March 3, will conclude today.

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